He sounds like some crazy mixed up Keynesian/trade unionist? The PPL should be welcomed by regional Australia because ordinary taxpayers are going to hand money over to new mothers living in regional Australia and that is somehow good for the regions?
Why bother with the PPL, Joe? Why don’t you just write some blank cheques to random folk living in the regions. Do you honestly think that the PPL will do anything for female labour force participation in the regions?
By the way, the scope for rorting of this scheme is very high for the self-employed/family trusts. Why not just tell the ATO that the pregnant Ma Kettle has been doing all the work, pay her $100, 000 per year and when the little Kettle arrives, a cheque for $50,000 courtesy of the Australian taxpayer will be winging in the direction of the Kettle farm?
Here is the piece from cloth-capped Hockey:
The Treasurer said the government’s $5.5 billion scheme was a “no-brainer” for regional Australia, and that mums on low and middle incomes would be the biggest winners.
“It is a massive win for farmers who don’t have paid parental leave schemes,” Mr Hockey said in Sydney.
“Farmers are self-employed and for a lot of the mums in a farming household, they don’t get paid parental leave, and now they’re going to have replacement wages and superannuation.
“It is a no-brainer for regional Australia and it’s a no-brainer for middle and lower income Australians to have full replacement wages, particularly when the bills keep coming in.”