Submitted by Margo Kingston on July 17, 2007 - 2:12pm.
A July Newspoll survey reveals there is widespread support by Australians for paid maternity
leave (76%) for working women, with an overwhelming 78% of those in
support of paid maternity leave in favour of the financial
responsibility being shared jointly by employers, workers and the
Federal Government. 71% supported a scheme funded by employers and
employees only. “These results clearly show this is a critical issue for many
Australian families with young children, struggling to meet their work
and social responsibilities,” said Ms Marie Coleman, spokesperson for
the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW).