PREGNANT WOMEN CAUGHT UP IN COALITION’S PPL CHAOS

February 14, 2016


Thousands of pregnant women have been caught up in the Turnbull Government’s paid parental leave chaos, not knowing what support they’ll receive when their new babies arrive later this year.

The Coalition’s cuts to paid parental leave – first announced in the 2015 budget – will rip $3.7 billion dollars in support from parents over the next decade, and leave 80,000 new mums worse off every year.

These cuts are due to come into force from July, and could slash as much as $11,800 from the household budgets of young families.

However, the Government is yet to get legislation through the Parliament. This means women who are pregnant right now and due from July have no idea what paid parental leave scheme they will have access to when their baby is born.

If these cuts pass the parliament, thousands of new mums will be forced to choose between returning to work early and missing out on time with their new babies, or staying at home and having their living standards drastically reduced.  

Women who are pregnant right now are living in uncertainty. They don’t know if they will be able to access the existing scheme or have their support cut under the Turnbull scheme.

Expecting mums are busy planning for the arrival of their newborn. They shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not they can afford to stay at home to care for their child.

What kind of prime minister rips $11,800 from the pockets of new mums? It might seem like small change to Malcolm Turnbull, but to young families it makes all the difference.

Malcolm Turnbull needs to put an end to his war on working mums and drop these unfair cuts.


THE IMPACT OF TURNBULL’S PAID PARENTAL LEAVE CUTS

Example one:

A women who gets 8 weeks paid leave from her employer will only have access to 10 weeks from the government instead of 18.

This means:

She only has 18 weeks of paid leave at home instead of 26 weeks (experts recommend mums have 6 months at home caring for their newborn)

She loses more than $5200 in support (8 weeks at minimum wage).

Example two:

A woman who receives 16 weeks paid parental leave from her employer will only be able to access two weeks of government leave, instead of 18 weeks.

This means:

She only has 18 weeks of paid leave at home instead of 34 weeks

She loses more than $10,500 in support (16 weeks at minimum wage).

SUNDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2016

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