64% want parental pay for stay home mums (Aust)

Sydney Morning Herald March 29, 2010

Almost two-thirds of Australians want stay-at-home mothers to get the same benefits as their working counterparts, a new opinion poll shows. A Galaxy poll conducted last week for the Australian Family Association asked 1042 people whether the federal government’s paid parental leave plan should give equal funding to employed and stay home mothers. Sixty-four per cent of respondents said both groups should be funded equally, 30 per cent did not.

“Why should stay home mums be treated as second-class citizens, missing out on paid parental leave, when they also give up income in those early months,” association spokesman Tim Rebbechi said on Monday.