Parental leave a $5bn earner

Original article by Joe Kelly, Geoff Chambers
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 26-Apr-21

The Business Council of Australia has called for paid parental leave to be increased to 26 weeks for couples who agree to more equally share the amount of time they take off work. The BCA has also proposed increasing the childcare subsidy for lower-income households from 85 to 95 per cent; it notes that modelling by KPMG suggests that this would boost the economy by about $5bn a year. The BCA contends that the high cost of childcare is deterring many women from returning to the workforce. Some Liberal MPs have urged the federal government to include childcare reforms in the Budget on 11 May.

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BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

Paid parental leave fight gears up

Original article by Joanna Mather, Lucille Keen
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 22-May-15

Women on Boards chair Ruth Medd is among the individuals and organisations that have lobbied Prime Minister Tony Abbott to abandon proposed changes to the taxpayer-funded paid parental leave scheme. They have urged Abbott to reconsider the reforms, and argue that the Australian Government should aim to increase paid leave from 18 weeks to 26 weeks. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Women president Diane Smith Gander says the Government could seek a compromise on the reforms.

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WOMEN ON BOARDS, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, CHIEF EXECUTIVE WOMEN, WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR AUSTRALIAN WOMEN LIMITED, UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE, MERCER INVESTMENTS PTY LTD

Top businesswomen back subsidised childcare

Original article by Nassim Khadem
The Australian Financial Review – Page: : 23-Jul-14

The Productivity Commission has issued a review of the child care system, arguing against tax deductions and also wanting funds to be reallocated from the paid parental leave scheme pushed by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The tax deductions are however being called for by leading businesswomen, partly as this would allow for the hiring of nannies. Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley says the option is being considered, and it is also backed by the union movement. Sexual Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick however favours direct subsidies

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET|AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EDUCATION|AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION|AUSTRALIA. SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION COMMISSION|AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY|AUSTRALIA. BOARD OF TAXATION|ACTU|THE ASSOCIATION OF SUPERANNUATION FUNDS OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED|BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA|AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE|UNITINGCARE AUSTRALIA|COALITION FOR WORKING WOMEN