What better way to sum up HoWARd’s government and the things that really have had their time, than his sexist reaction to the ALP’s IR policy.
On 28/04/07, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard announced Federal Labor’s Fair And Balanced Industrial Relations Policy.
The policy was not gender specific with regard to the Parental leave and Flexible work for parents provisions.
2. Parental leave – Federal Labor recognises that many families want to have a parent provide all or most of the care for a child during the first two years of the childís life. A Rudd Labor Government will guarantee that both parents have the right to separate periods of up to 12 months of unpaid leave associated with the birth of a baby. Where families prefer one parent to take a longer period of leave, that parent will be entitled to request up to an additional 12 months of unpaid parental leave from their employer. The employer may only refuse the request for the additional 12 months leave on reasonable business grounds. This will guarantee that Australian working families have the flexibility of up to 24 months unpaid leave to provide care for their child.
3. Flexible work for parents – A Rudd Labor Government will guarantee a right for parents to request flexible work arrangements until their child reaches school age. Employers will only be able to refuse any request on reasonable business grounds.
John HoWARd, occupying redundant thinking on a redundant time line instantly came out with this assumptive howler-
“You run the risk that some employers will avoid employing women, in particular, with young children.” – John HoWARd.
It must be time to be rid of the pre-Copernican obscurantist.
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