The man works to provide, and the woman races the family.
That is great to read about childcare.
This is the biggest issue I see in Australia for women in terms of work equality. Childcare is so expensive and it basically forces the woman to stay home. Or one parent I guess, if you want to swing that way after the baby is a little old and isn't so dependent on the mother for milk.
The maternity leave is great here, but that essentially is a job protection measure to allow a woman to go back to their job (where as in past you would quit and have nothing to go back to), however does not solve a huge financial burden, which is childcare and which eventually forces many women to just quit their job anyway.
I am dumb founded how the government always says there is jobs out there and want people to work, yet they are holding professional women back at home. Usually when you have one child, you tend to have another shortly their after so they have a sibling. By that time a woman has significantly been out of work.
By the time they are ready to go back to work (when kids have gone to school), their skill sets have diminished. they feel worthless mentally as they know less than their work counterparts about the latest things at work.
Now we have childcare subsidies, however they decrease as you earn more money. When you paying of a mortgage, higher tax rates, other additional taxes, private health it makes it hard to pay for childcare if you are a professional couple, if you want both to continue working. For some reason the government would rather subsidise the people who don't want to work (yes there are people that admit that proudly). If they don't want to work they are already at home, take care of your kids.
As far as the government is concerned they should look at it from an accounting and future prospects perspective.
- What will they get best bang for their buck spent.
- A person that is willing to work and has a job, make sure they are back working ASAP as they pay taxes, which well pays for whatever the hell the government pretends they spend it on
- Subsidise their childcare because you know that child will become a tax payer, because their parents will teach that child those values