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Productivity Commission to investigate paid maternity leave.
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH
THE THE HON JULIA GILLARD MP DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER; MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT & WORKPLACE RELATIONS; SOCIAL INCLUSION AND
THE HON JENNY MACKLIN MP MINISTER FOR FAMILIES; HOUSING; COMMUNITY SERVICES & INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS
PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE PAID MATERNITY LEAVE
Delivering on its election commitment, the Rudd Labor Government will ask the Productivity Commission to examine ways the Government can provide improved support to parents with newborn children.
Any policy reforms in this area will be aimed at ensuring strong and sustainable economic growth, take into account our ageing population and the importance of early childhood development, and support Australian families balance work and family responsibilities.
We want to explore ways to make it as easy as possible for working mums to balance their employment with the important job of raising a new generation of Australians.
The Productivity Commission is uniquely placed to advise the Government on the best way to balance economic considerations with the aspirations of working families.
The Productivity Commission will be asked to look at the economic and social costs and benefits of paid maternity, paternity and parental leave.