Advancing a fairer Australia
Australia is missing out on the contribution thousands of women, who pull back from paid work because they can’t find childcare.
It will ease cost-of-living pressures, reduce labour shortages, and boost Australia’s sluggish productivity.
Labor’s policy would cost more than twice as much. But the economic benefits would probably be more than twice as big.
Australia may have just taken a backward step on paid parental leave
The loss of a use-it-or-lose-it component for each parent could take Australia further away from gender-equal sharing of parenting.