"Tony Abbott has chosen International Women’s Day to turn his back on the majority of women," said FamilyVoice Australia research officer Ros Phillips. [www.news.com.au/business/bosses-to-fund-opposition-leader-tony-abbotts-parental-leave-plan/story-e6frfm1i-1225838219753]
"The Opposition Leader wants to lavish six months pay – about $25,000 – on mums who return to their jobs six months after birth. In contrast, mums who give up their entire salary in order to care for their babies for two years or more would receive just the baby bonus of $5000. This is a blatant injustice!
"Tony Abbott wants to divide mums into two classes – the ‘First Class Fat Cats’ in the paid workforce, versus the ‘Second Class Battlers’," Mrs Phillips said.
"Who will pay for this unfair proposal? Tony Abbott says it will be a tax on big business – but he has not thought this through. Whatever ‘big business’ means – and there will be a battle royal over that definition – any tax big businesses pay will be passed on to consumers, including the majority of families who will not benefit. The poor will pay for the rich," Ros Phillips said.
"Tony Abbott has ignored the latest research showing that babies do best when cared for their own parents for the first two or three years of life – not just the first six months," Ros Phillips said. "The First Class Fat Cat mums are helping themselves by rushing back to work. The Second Class Battlers are helping their babies, and ultimately the nation.
"Does Tony Abbott want to become ‘Dooh Nibor’ – Robin Hood in reverse? Was he bewitched by that witchetty grub?"
- Family and parenthood