Delivering the “Mother of All Insults” on Mother’s Day Treasurer Joe Hockey and Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced they would take up to $11,500 from nearly 80,000 Australian families.
Nearly 80,000 new mothers will be prevented from taking the $11,500 available under the current Paid Parental Leave Scheme because they work for employers with existing schemes.This is nearly half of all currently eligible women (47%).
To add injury to their insult, Joe Hockey and his other Liberal Party ministers decided to line up and call Australian mothers who had already accessed both government and employer schemes double-dippers, fraudsters and rorters.
This is despite the “rorters”, “fraudsters” and “double dippers” who have been found within the Liberal-National ranks with Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg both being outed as “double-dippers” who have recently accessed both schemes and saw no problem with it at the time.
Women who have accessed both the Government PPL and employer PPL are not double dipping, committing fraud or rorting!
They are, in fact, using PPL as it was originally intended.
“The financial support provided by this Act is intended to complement and supplement existing entitlements to paid or unpaid leave in connection with the birth or adoption of a child.” (Paid Parental Leave Act 2010)
It is not a replacement for paid parental leave — for instance it does not contribute to superannuation.
The purpose of the scheme and its 18 weeks at minimum wage is to allow as many women as possible to give their children the 26 weeks necessary for proper bonding, breast-feeding and rearing as recommended by the World Health Organisation.
The truth is, Australian women are not “double-dipping” but they are being “double crossed” by a mean and tricky government looking not to the future, but only to the next election.
You can help. Add your name to the thousands of Australians who are saying “No More” to Tony Abbott’s attacks on Australian families. Sign the petition asking Tony Abbott to leave Australia’s Paid Parental Leave Scheme alone.
Assistant General Secretary
Queensland Council of Unions
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