Tell the Senate to Save Paid Parental Leave
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Tell the Senate to Save Paid Parental Leave

We are calling on cross-bench Senators to stand up for Australian families and vote against the Government’s savage and unexpected cuts to paid parental leave.

Despite what the Government says, Australian mums and dads aren't fraudsters, rorters or double dippers – they’re hardworking people who should receive paid leave to spend time with their newborn babies.

The Government shocked Australians with their Mothers’ Day announcement to deny access to Government funded paid parental leave to 46% of Australian women.  As a result, 80,000 families will lose out with $11,800 to be ripped out of the budgets of 34,000 of those households.

It’s a decision that could force many mums to return to work earlier because they and their families will not be able to afford to stay off work without any income.

Access to 26 weeks paid parental leave is backed by experts as optimal for the health and well-being of mothers, babies and families, and to support increased participation of mothers in the workforce to boost our economy.

Even though universal paid parental leave was always intended to complement paid and unpaid leave arrangements negotiated by workers and their unions, Government Ministers are now accusing working women who receive both workplace and government funded paid parental leave of fraud, claiming they are “rorting”.

It simply doesn't make social or economic sense to cut paid parental leave.  This was the position Prime Minister Abbott took to voters at the last election and held until his budget backflip.

It’s time to stop the attack on working parents – and you can help by signing our petition calling on key Senators to vote against the Government's paid parental leave plunder.

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  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 20:37:04 +1100
    Another step in the process of creating a two tier society of rich and poor.

    Only the rich will have the option of looking after their children. What’s next, only children of the rich can study graphic arts, music,photography, animation? Oh wait that’s also on the way isn’t it. Working class children will only be able to study what their parents can afford. But I guess it’s ok because the wealthy will still have choices and they are in power. Shame on them.
  • test actuonline
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-26 16:25:17 +1100
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  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:17:16 +1100
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    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-26 16:17:11 +1100
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  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:17:03 +1100
    Our first child is due in Feb, and all of our planning has been considerate of the paid maternity leave from both my wife’s employer and the gov. Now this change puts all our plans at risk, potentially forcing us to put our first born in day care so my wife can return to work early. I cant understand why we’re getting told we’re double dipping, when access to two sets of maternity leave is perfectly legal? how about those MPs (or former MPs) riding around in helicopters, claiming baby sitting or buying wine that is valued at half the cost of my car? Its not fair, we give big business tax cuts, but then raid working families purses to pay for perks that the rich only get to enjoy. shame on the government, so disappointed to be an Australian when shit like this happens.
  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:16:30 +1100
    My half pay from work was less then minimum wage, the paid parental leave extra money has helped.
  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:16:20 +1100
  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:16:18 +1100
    Maybe the government should look at people who are getting paid minimum wage for 18 weeks when they only work 10 hours per week. and End up earning much, much more on the 18 week Govt then when they were working. Rather than people who work for a corporation that they have fought for their rights to receive parental leave from. Australia is behind a lot of countries already with paid maternity leave and this will push us further behind. I was privileged enough to “double dip” by taking my employer mat leave of 14 weeks at half pay, 6 weeks annual leave at half pay and the govt 18 weeks paid leave I was able to spend a stress free 12 months off with my newborn, time that you will never ever get back. Please stop making it hard for working families to survive.
  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:16:15 +1100
  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:15:19 +1100
  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:15:18 +1100
    Parents should be allowed to stay home with there bubs and get paid they deserve the pay they are entitled to
  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:13:28 +1100
  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:13:02 +1100
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    signed 2016-10-26 16:13:01 +1100
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    signed 2016-10-26 16:12:38 +1100
  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:11:55 +1100
  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:11:53 +1100
  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:11:46 +1100
  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:11:33 +1100
    Cutting parental leave helps no one, especially not our countries future leaders. We’ve become a nation struggling to make ends meet with 2 working parents, let’s not make it harder for them. If anyone needs our governments help it’s the foundation of the country, working families.
  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:09:56 +1100
  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:09:41 +1100
    Too many young people are making the decision not to have children as they cannot afford to take time away from work. The high cost of living makes it difficult to pay the mortgage and make ends meet on one wage. Surely the government wants to see our country thrive and grow not only from immigration but also from young Australians choosing to start a family. It is so very important for the development of babies in those early months to bond with their mother and father and this Paid Parental Leave helps parents to be able to do this. Many people have given up pay increases or conditions in the past to receive workplace funded parental leave and should therefore not be disadvantaged by not being entitled to receive government parental leave.


    Please give our young people a fare go at achieving the Australian dream of buying a home AND having a family.
  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:09:39 +1100
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    signed 2016-10-26 16:08:39 +1100
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    signed 2016-10-26 16:08:37 +1100
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    signed 2016-10-26 16:06:44 +1100
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    signed 2016-10-26 16:03:25 +1100
  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:02:46 +1100
    I am currently expecting my baby to arrive on 1 January 2017. This will directly impact the length of time I am able to comfortably spend with my new born child before returning to work.
  • test actuonline
    signed 2016-10-26 16:02:05 +1100
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    signed 2016-10-26 16:01:32 +1100
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    signed 2016-10-26 16:01:17 +1100