Is Government Paid Parental Leave Welfare or Supportive Policy?

This opinion piece on some proposed legislation for parental leave changes in Australia explores an interesting question. (Australians get 18 weeks of pay equivalent to the minimum wage.)

The writer asks, do we consider government paid parental leave as a welfare payment? Or as a policy to support all working families?

The answer to that question provides not only a way to structure the law, but tells us what we value as a society.

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