Essential Report

Paid parental leave

May 26, 2015

Q. Working women currently receive taxpayer-funded paid parental leave (PPL) of $641 a week (the minimum wage) for up to 18 weeks. In the Federal Budget, the Government has proposed women who can access employer-sponsored PPL schemes will lose all or part of their taxpayer-funded PPL. Do you approve or disapprove of this proposal?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep- endent

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Total approve

56%

47%

73%

37%

63%

60%

52%

42%

59%

71%

Total disapprove

27%

36%

16%

40%

21%

22%

30%

38%

22%

17%

Strongly approve

25%

16%

37%

16%

35%

28%

22%

13%

27%

38%

Approve

31%

31%

36%

21%

28%

32%

30%

29%

32%

33%

Disapprove

14%

16%

10%

23%

10%

12%

15%

18%

12%

10%

Strongly disapprove

13%

20%

6%

17%

11%

10%

15%

20%

10%

7%

Don’t know

18%

17%

12%

23%

16%

17%

18%

21%

18%

13%

56% approve and 27% disapprove of the Government’s proposal that women who can access employer-sponsored paid parental leave schemes will lose all or part of their taxpayer-funded PPL.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (73%), men (60%) and those aged 55+ (71%). Those aged under 35 were split 42% approve/38% disapprove.

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