A poll shows a majority of people support extending Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks.
But do those supporting it know the answers to these questions?
1. How many people receive PPL?
2. How many people receiving PPL earn more than the average wage?
3. How many people receiving PPL earn the average wage or less?
4. How many people receiving PPL return to week when it’s finished?
5. How many people receiving PPL get an extension of the government-funded period from their employers?
6. How many people receiving PPL require it for basic living expenses?
7. How many people receiving PPL use it to fund extras?
I don’t know the answer to any of these questions but do know people earning well above the average wage who receive PPL.
It is the only benefit I can think of, except superannuation, which isn’t means tested and I can’t think of any other benefit which gives more to wealthier people than poorer people.
The benefits of time together for parents and babies are unquestioned but is paying for that the responsibility of families or the taxpayer, especially for wealthy recipients?