This year, on Mother's Day, Tony Abbott and his colleagues decided that hardworking Aussie mums and dads around the country were "rorters", "fraudsters" and "double-dippers" who didn't deserve government-funded paid-parental leave if they could access a scheme funded by their employer. Because of this decision, over 80,000 new mums and dads around this country will be worse-off. But, despite what the Abbott Government says, Australian mums and dads aren't fraudsters, rorters or double dippers – they’re hardworking people who should receive paid leave to spend time with their newborn babies. The scheme that our Prime Minister wants to tear apart was always intended to be a basic scheme for parents that would  be complemented by employer schemes. His decision will now force many mums to return to work earlier because they and their families will not be able to afford to stay off work without any income. Access to 26 weeks paid parental leave is backed by experts as optimal for the health and well-being of mothers, babies and families, and to support increased participation of mothers in the workforce to boost our economy. Join the campaign to show your support for mums and dads around the country. Email your MP, sign the Australian Unions petition and print out and display this fact sheet in your workplace. Together we can make a difference.

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