Expert calls for paid leave for new fathers

Herald Sun Australia June 25, 2007
A SWEDISH researcher studying fatherhood in Australia wants the Government and businesses to introduce paid paternity leave to allow fathers to play a more active role in their children’s development. Visiting University of South Australia research fellow Roger Klinth told The Australian that Sweden had introduced paid paternity leave in 1974, which resulted in more men sharing parental care. “It has been influential in getting men involved more closely in their families,” Dr Klinth said.”There is quite a difference when it comes to men’s attitudes to family life and taking care of children. “Men are not encouraged to take part in the family (here) as they do in Sweden.”,21985,21962123-662,00.html