Today's poll: Should the PM ditch parental leave scheme?

A GROWING number of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's own party room has voiced opposition to his signature $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme.

Opposition to the policy has been growing since some Nationals Senators voiced their concerns internally in recent months.

The scheme aims to give wealthier women earning more than $150,000 up to $75,000 to stop work for six months to raise their newborn baby.

Other senior Liberal figures have spoken out privately in recent weeks on the issue, while several Nationals backbenchers have remained opposed on the grounds it would disproportionately affect regional women.

While The Greens have supported the policy in principle, concerns are understood to be growing in the minor party due to reports that welfare may be cut to bolster the budget, despite the high cost of the PPL policy.

What do you think? Given the possibility of a debt tax being introduced and pensions cut, should this scheme be scaled back? Leave a comment and vote in our poll.

Should Tony Abbott ditch his paid parental leave scheme?

This poll ended on 30 May 2014.

Current Results

No. Parental leave should be paid at a person's full wage

3%

Yes. The country can't afford it

53%

No. We need to help parents in the workforce as much as we can

2%

Yes. The current parental leave scheme is adequate

39%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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