The budget and the young family

WITH Toormina's Kira and Brendan Campbell starting a new family, paid parental leave couldn't have come at a better time in their lives.

From 2011, the Federal Government will introduce 18 weeks' paid leave at the minimum wage - an average $540 a week .

“The maternity leave when it comes in is the main thing for us in the Budget,” said Kira, who is pregnant with their first child.

“I think the baby bonus was a stupid idea. I just don't think giving someone a lump sum is going to do much in the long run.

“I think maternity leave is a lot more productive.”

Kira, who works full-time for Woolworths, says she's lucky because she already gets six weeks' maternity leave and two weeks' pay on her return to the job.



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