Tony Abbott doesn’t have a woman problem. What he has is a radical, feminist policy proposal that, if elected, will contribute enormously to the advancement of women in the workplace.
Every woman and man in Australia should support Abbott’s proposal to pay new mums six months parental leave at their existing salary, or the minimum wage, which ever is greater.
Labor’s paid parental leave scheme – the first ever introduced in Australia - is worth $606.50 a week (the minimum wage) for 18 weeks for women who earn less than $150,000 in the year before their child’s birth. It is taxed. Women who receive it lose the $5000 baby bonus and family tax benefit Part B during the duration.
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