States say no,no,no!
The only people who will benefit from the proposed gold leave pass will be well off city dwellers, it will not benefit country people.
So a farmers wife is about to have a child, does she take time off to spend six months of nurturing, never she just can't. Instead of this gold plated gift for the city rich women why not make free child care available for six months, or child care tax deductible, it would be far more equal for all, city and country people.
No this deal has never been really thought through, it is designed for the cities not country Australia. Its all about making Tony Abbott look more caring and hiding his hang up with strong women.
The former Victorian premier predicted it would be manipulated by families who had a baby for the benefit of full pay without working rather than because they wanted one.