Tony Abbott: Voluntary paid maternity leave: yes; compulsory paid maternity leave: over this Government’s dead body, frankly. It just won’t happen.
In july 2002, Tony Abbott had a few opinions on maternity leave. But, as with everything Tony Abbott says, if you wait long enough, he will have the opposite opinion.
The Coalition will be taking a Paid Parental Leave scheme to the election in 2013. This scheme, which Tony Abbott brags about on his website, “will be paid for with a modest levy of 1.5 percent levy on companies with taxable incomes in excess of $5 million”.
Source: Real Action on Paid Parental Leave
Talk about Great Big New Tax.
However, it is the Coalition, they don’t do “taxes”, they do levies, charges, fees, compulsory contributions, but not taxes.
But wait… there is less.
Tony Abbott is already hedging, wavering, back-tracking, his gold-plated scheme for women earning incomes over $150,000 is dependent on the Labor budget.
“My hope is that we’re able to introduce a paid parental leave [scheme] at the same time as we have an offsetting of the company tax cut.” Tony Abbott says
Source: Parental scheme’s timing depends on budget: Abbott
That must be the “hope” in the Liberal Party party “Hope Reward Opportunity” slogan.
“Hope”, not exactly a promise, or a policy, now is it? Tony Abbott.
Murdoch’s Daily Telegraph crunched the numbers:
Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave plan will hit more companies than the carbon tax.
Surprised? Consider the numbers.
Julia Gillard’s carbon tax will be paid by 500 of the nation’s biggest polluters. Abbott’s maternity leave tax levy of 1.5 per cent would hit an estimated 3300 businesses.
Isn’t that a great big new tax coincidence?
post added by Penny Carter