Mothers praise longer unpaid leave
GLADSTONE parents such as Carmen Barton were praising the suggestion for up to two years' unpaid parental leave yesterday.
Mother of three children under five, Carmen Barton said the idea would mean parents wouldn't be forced to effectively start their career again after returning from pa-rental leave.
'I've worked for years to get to a position,' Carmen said.
'I wouldn't have to resign and start again. Also you don't have to start again to accrue long service leave.'
Teacher and mother of two children under four Roz Donohoe was also excited at the proposal and was in the unique position where her work offered her seven years' unpaid parental leave.
She said she was lucky with her situation and had the opportunity to be with her kids in their formative years, something she wished for many of her friends who she said had resigned or been given little maternity leave.
'I invested 12 years in my career and that's really hard to walk away from,' Roz said.
Mother of three Michelle Burke said parents shouldn't be forced to chose between a career or parenthood and this suggestion made both possible.
'It will also give the dad an opportunity to stay-at-home,' Michelle said.
'Parents will be able to stay at home if they know they've got the job to go back to and get their career back on track.'