Baby pay plans hurt

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

MUMS have roundly re­jected the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed changes to paid parental leave, warn­ing the at­tack on so- called “dou­ble dip­ping” will force women back to work be­fore they are ready. New re­search from lobby group The Par­ent­hood shows a whop­ping 94 per cent of par­ents op­pose Prime Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott’s de­ci­sion to stop mums get­ting both em­ployer- paid and tax­payer- funded parental leave schemes. The sur­vey of 1431 mums, dads and prospec­tive par­ents also re­veals 86 per cent of peo­ple who have pre­vi­ously “dou­bledipped” did so to spend more time at home with their new­borns. That chal­lenges So­cial Ser­vices Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son’s ar­gu­ment that most mums are claim­ing the two pay­ments at the same time rather than stay­ing home for longer.

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