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Matertnity Payment Proposed

The Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner has proposed a 14 week government paid benefit for mothers after childbirth. The proposal assumes each eligible woman would be entitled to 14 weeks income replacement at a rate of up to the Federal Minimum Wage, currently at $431.00 per week.

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission commissioned the independent National Centre for Social and Economic Modeling (NATSEM) to model and cost the proposal. NATSEM's final costing is estimated to be $213 million in 2003-04, if offset against savings in payments under other schemes and additional tax collections, well below any other publicly available estimates. Without offsets, the total cost is estimated at $460 million in 2003-04.

Posted Saturday, 14 December 2002

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