The ‘Family First’ group has put an interesting idea into debate for this election year.
It wants the state to pay a parent to stay at home and look after their child rather than go back to work and put the child in daycare.
(ed: family first are usually noted for their reactionary ideas – but in this case they are more ‘progressive’ than either of the major political parties – and have come up with a bloody good idea.
of course it is an aberration that babies/very young children are parked in 9state-subsidised!) holding-camps as their parents are forced by economic-realities/pressures to return to the workforce.
this must change – and family first are to be congratulated for advocating for such ‘progressive’ reforms..)
It is not clear how long Family First would like a stay-home parent to be paid a benefit but obviously Labour is closer to its thinking on this point than National is.
So is Parliament and the public – according to a poll by Family First.
Parliament had a majority for Labour MP Sue Moroney’s bill to extend paid parental leave last year and the poll of 846 people found 74 per cent agreed with the statement “It’s generally better for children when one of the parents can stay home as a full-time parent.
When asked whether the Government should subsidise a parent to stay home 59 per cent believed it should.
Moroney’s bill was blocked by Bill English as Finance Minister on budgetary grounds.
(ed:..heh..!..i see in the related stories at the bottom of this post that i did agree with family first once before – back in 2012 – but it has been a long time between ‘bloody hell!’s..eh..?..)