So it seems it is nearly finally here as law...or whatever.
As half-arsed ill-conceived (no pun intended) schemes go this is a doozy.
Just why are we implementing more middle-class welfare?
Once again the people who really need help aren't getting it.
I suppose it could be worse, we taxpayers could be funding some kind of frivolous high speed Internet plan or worse still some nong could be trying to filter it.
As if we'd be that stupid. But I digress.
So now you get to choose between the "bucks for fux" (baby bonus) or the "money for nothing" (paid maternity leave).
Where is all this friggin money coming from?
I hear the politicians talk of "Government Money" as if it has magically come from somewhere and is being shelled out from their personal accounts. Arseholes the lot of them. I trust no politician. They are only in it to ensure they get a decent retirement and they only need to consider the next three years when voting time comes around.
Paying people to reproduce is not a long term solution to any problem facing our species. Is is simply pandering to middle class voters who still want to have their lattes and their holidays while a nanny or childcare center looks after the kids.
"If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em" and that goes doubly for taking time off work to have them.
All generations up until now have managed to do it without paid maternity leave.
Shouldn't we be asking ourselves why we are doing it? It seems to me that it isn't about being civilised and growing as a species but more about getting what we can for nothing.
Pyramid schemes are illegal, so why can our Government implement a scheme which requires more and more people to show up in our country one way or another and feed the middle to top layers?
Sure, things have changed. The world has changed. I just not sure many people have accurately assessed the nature of these changes and responded accordingly.