Planning for a family takes many forms.
You re-vamp your diet, out go the G&T’s after work and in come the prenatal vitamins.
You re-vamp your car to fit that essential newborn capsule in the backseat and you finally put the junk in the spare room on Gumtree so you can fit in all the baby essentials.
There is one other thing too that needs a re-vamp – your budget. You are going to need time off work, you are going to need an income during this time, you have a future now filled with expenses never before contemplated – from baby bottles to childcare and school fees.paid parental leave.
These woman – due to have their babies in January or after - are the forgotten about causalities of this political game. They are the forgotten ones.
The changes to the paid parental leave were initially flagged in the 2015 budget with a plan to crack down on the “double dippers” so that government entitlements will only “top up” workplace benefits to give parents a total of 18 weeks leave.
The idea is that eligible parents who receive less than 18 weeks of employer-provided paid parental leave will receive a top-up payment of government funded paid parental leave so that the total number of weeks of employer-provided and government funded leave is 18 weeks. While parents receiving employer provided paid parental leave of 18 weeks or more will no longer be able to receive government funded paid parental leave. The legislation introduced into parliament last week has a potential start date of January 1, 2017.
It is estimated 80,000 women each year will be worse off under the changes.
A spokesperson for the Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, told Mamamia: "This revised paid parental leave policy provides an important safety net for families who do not have access to employer schemes, or only have access to a few weeks of funded leave, while being fairer for Australian taxpayers."
But it is not fairer for all Australian taxpayers.
The start date for the changes could be as soon as January 1 and couples already pregnant are left in the lurch.
Labor has said it will never vote to tighten access to parental leave payments and it's hopeful Senate crossbenchers will all oppose the move.
Opposition families spokeswoman, Jenny Macklin, called it an attack on mothers.
“This is a direct attack on paid parental leave, a direct attack on those mothers who are trying to combine their work and family responsibilities and will leave thousands and thousands of new mothers in this country worse off.”
Senator Nick Xenophon said that he believes that start date should be October 1. His party's three senators are crucial to getting the changes through.