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Gay parental leave

By johnboy - 6 August 2008 71

We should have elections more often.

Yesterday Andrew Barr announced the passage of the Parental Leave Legislation Amendment Bill 2008.

    “The Parental Leave Legislation Amendment ACT 2008 removes yet another form of discrimination against same-sex couples and their children in the ACT and builds on our work to secure equal rights for all Canberrans,” Mr Barr said.

Surely the relationship of the parents to the child is more important in this matter than their relationship with each other?

What’s Your opinion?


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Gay parental leave
Deadmandrinking 3:02 pm 06 Aug 08

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

DMD, you missed the joke… Never mind, I still think you’re a top chick!

Oh…oh ha ha ha. You know, the funniest thing about this is that I don’t ride a horse around the countryside and I’m actually a guy! *eyes bulging* The comedy!

You should pen sitcoms.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 2:55 pm 06 Aug 08

DMD, you missed the joke… Never mind, I still think you’re a top chick!

sepi 2:48 pm 06 Aug 08

Not all APS get it either now that each department has different HR rules and payrates etc.

The ones that get 2 weeks tend to be the less desirable depts like Tax and Defence. They have to offer something to get people to work there.

Deadmandrinking 2:47 pm 06 Aug 08

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Why don’t you tell us their motivation DMD, since you’re obviously their appointed spokesperson. I don’t really know how you fit it all in, what with having to ride around the countryside righting wrongs all day.

I kind of thought their motivation might have been to have the same rights as everyone else in the community? Heavy concept, I know.

peterh 2:45 pm 06 Aug 08

sepi said :

Defactos do get parental leave – up to two weeks per birth for most APS agencies.

well, that is great if you are in the APS, bit of a stinker for the rest of us though…

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 2:38 pm 06 Aug 08

Why don’t you tell us their motivation DMD, since you’re obviously their appointed spokesperson. I don’t really know how you fit it all in, what with having to ride around the countryside righting wrongs all day.

Deadmandrinking 2:09 pm 06 Aug 08

Mælinar – *spoiler alert* I’ve seen S04E13 said :

So… with the continued erosion of ‘benefits’ for heteros only, does this mean the homos are going to shut up about the civil union issue ?

I think not, but thats because I’m severely pessimistic of their true motivation.

**DISCLAIMER**
I’m talking about a community issue, not an individual one. I’m more than happy that certain one-off relationships are doing well, but your example is not entirely representative of the larger group.

And what’s their true motivation, Maelinar? Which long and convoluted website full of hand-drawn diagrams must I go to?

sepi 2:09 pm 06 Aug 08

Defactos do get parental leave – up to two weeks per birth for most APS agencies.

Mælinar - *spoiler 1:53 pm 06 Aug 08

So… with the continued erosion of ‘benefits’ for heteros only, does this mean the homos are going to shut up about the civil union issue ?

I think not, but thats because I’m severely pessimistic of their true motivation.

**DISCLAIMER**
I’m talking about a community issue, not an individual one. I’m more than happy that certain one-off relationships are doing well, but your example is not entirely representative of the larger group.

Thumper 1:08 pm 06 Aug 08

I think the first sentence says it all…

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 1:00 pm 06 Aug 08

It would be hard to argue with this, and in fact it should be broadened as per peterh’s comment above.

peterh 12:55 pm 06 Aug 08

agreed. But, if the parent’s leave amendment is to be of benefit to the community, it should be broadened to emcompass all forms of parents, including de facto. It is about the children, but the parents may not be a typical relationship, gay or straight.

Danman 12:34 pm 06 Aug 08

aka carers leave imo

tylersmayhem 12:31 pm 06 Aug 08

your last sentence says it all JB.

I agree wholeheartedly. I won’t go in to my usual views about if gay parenting is right or wrong – but the children deserve the support regardless of the parental choices.

toriness 12:01 pm 06 Aug 08

your last sentence says it all JB. anyone who complains about this legislation has to be a straight out hater of children, because the leave is granted to the parents of a child which is already in existence. the objective of the legislation is directed at the child – this might be a stretch for some people’s brains to comprehend though.

in other words you’d have to be extremely mean-spirited to deny that child proper care and attention in its first days on this planet just because you don’t think gays should have children (and of course it goes without saying that you are absolutely not a bigot for saying that or having that opinion either).

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