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Cobb backs Abbott’s parental leave plan

Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave plan will be a big incentive for women in the workforce to have children, according to member for Calare John Cobb.
Nanjing Night Net

The opposition leader’s scheme offers 26 weeks of paid leave at the new mother’s current rate of pay, up to a salary of $150,000.

To be funded by a levy on the nation’s biggest businesses, the scheme is significantly more generous than the Gillard government’s 18 weeks of maternity leave, paid at the minimum wage.

Mr Cobb said the opposition’s scheme would provide an incentive to women who might not consider having a family at all.

“So many women feel they have to establish a career because of financial pressure, then they find they can’t afford to stop working to have children,” he said.

“It will provide them with the opportunity to have children once they are settled into their careers.

“It will also provide an opportunity to have children early on, work for a while, then maybe have one or two more.

“Modern life is about two parents going out to work, maybe that’s because our expectations are too high, I don’t know.”

There has been a lot of criticism about the inequity of the plan, which sees highly paid women receiving considerably more money than women who earn very little.

But Mr Cobb thinks women on lower wages will still welcome it.

“I think you would be surprised how many women in this community are all for it,” he said.

“Those women who are not working at all still get the baby bonus, and those who work part-time will still get minimum wage for six weeks.”

Mr Abbott’s scheme, which is already being opposed by big business, is set to be funded by a 1.5 per cent levy on about 3200 of the biggest companies – those with a taxable income of more than $5 million.

The government’s scheme is funded by the taxpayer.

Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave plan will be a big incentive for women in the workforce to have children, according to member for Calare John Cobb.

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