Paid parental leave

May 13, 2013

Q. The Opposition’s parental leave policy is to give new parents up to 26 weeks leave at their current full rate of pay (up to $150,000) to be paid for by a 1.5 per cent levy on large companies. The Labor Government’s policy gives new parents 18 weeks leave at the minimum wage rate paid for by the Government. Which scheme do you support most?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The Government’s scheme

34%

60%

17%

39%

The Opposition’s scheme

24%

13%

36%

30%

Neither

31%

18%

38%

21%

Don’t know

11%

9%

10%

10%

34% support the Government’s paid parental leave policy and 24% support the Opposition’s. 31% support neither policy.

The Government’s policy was preferred over the Opposition’s 41% to 24% by those aged 35-44 while those aged under 35 favoured the Opposition’s policy 38% to 34%.

Those earning less than $1,000 pw favoured the Government’s policy 40% to 19% while those earning $1,600+ pw slightly favoured the Opposition’s policy (33% to 29%).

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