It seems a bit rich for a white, heterosexual, male to start banging the drum for equality but I’m about to give that drum a damned good bang. I say equality perhaps acknowledgement is a better choice of word. Hands up (a gesture not really suited to Blogs) if you knew that Dads and Partners are finally entitled to financial support aimed at allowing them the opportunity to stay at home and play X-Box bond with the new arrival.
I timed Anna’s impregnation and due date (Christmas Day) to absolute perfection to ensure that I would be home for Max’s arrival, but not all Dad’s have that level of skill and the introduction of Dad and Partner Pay will mean more Dad’s can be around for this unique event. I could not have imagined leaving Max and Anna behind, grabbing my briefcase and marching off to work, largely because I am not important enough to own a briefcase but that’s beside the point.
So Mums (and perhaps the odd Dad) I know what you’re thinking “SHOW ME THE MONEY!” how do I get my hands on the goods? Let me break it down for you, like a rapper without the rhymes, naughty words or preoccupation with guns;
Who is eligible – Working Dads or Partners who care for a child that is born or adopted from 1st January 2013. You must be a fair dinkum Australian Resident, which is why I am yet to receive a single cent, although perhaps this post will see my Residency Application fast tracked or rejected out of hand?
When can you claim – Up to 3 months before the expected due date or date of adoption and it’s open right now folks
What’s on offer – $500,000 and an all inclusive trip to The Maldives, ha had you there didn’t I? That actually reminds me of a time when my sister recorded the previous weeks lottery, went out and purchased those numbers and then played the tape to her gullible ex-boyfriend, genius. The honest truth is that you will receive approx. $1200 before tax – better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick (Ms Gillard if you want to use that on any of the advertising you can have it).
There is a bit of fine print that you may want to cast your eyes over and you can find that at http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/dad-and-partner-pay?utm_id=32. If ever there was a post that deserves to go viral, I’m talking Charlie Bit My Finger viral here, then this is it. There are Dad’s out there missing out on the opportunity to get acquainted with their sons or daughters because they can’t afford to do so, well now they can.