Family policies are about ensuring children get a good start in life.
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Before fiddling with the design of paid parental leave, we need to be clear about the purpose of the policy.
Good employment data obscure the slow pace of jobs growth for women.
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It’s true Australia is seeing the highest ever female workforce participation rate but there’s still a long way to go.
Public sector workers using both employer and government-sponsored paid parental leave have been accused of “double dipping”.
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The government’s new paid parental leave could also have the effect of limiting conditions for public sector workers.
Most of the developed world provides longer paid parental leave than Australia.
New and expectant parents are among the biggest losers in this year’s budget. From July 2016 primary carers will lose access to government paid parental leave if their workplace also provides leave.
The government has foreshadowed they’ll announce a “families package” next year, what form should it take?
There are a lot of babies around, and the numbers are increasing. However, Australia does not have coherent policies that recognise the effect of parenting on workforce participation and vice versa. Parenting…