Tag Archives: parental leave

Grattan / Abbott’s paid parental leave looks like dead plan walking

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The travails of Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme are symptomatic of the government’s wider problems. The Prime Minister says he won’t abandon the plan, adding that he doesn’t break promises. That’s really what he said a few days ago. But the prospect of his being able to deliver […]

Grattan / Use some of PM’s parental leave money for childcare instead: Productivity Commission

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THE Productivity Commission has issued a challenge to Tony Abbott by saying that some funds from his expensive proposed paid parental leave scheme should be redirected to child care. In its Childcare and Early Childhood Learning draft report, the commission urges changes that would scrap the non-means tested element […]

Barriers to career mums

Careermum’s Kate Sykes writes: Dear Ms Gillard, This is a letter from 335 working mums from around Australia including Canberra. Recent changes to the National Employment Standards letting parents request flexible work arrangements and take 24 months parental leave, have been welcome news for most of us working parents around the country. However, Federal Government […]