Common Ground: Paid maternity leave

See how our first Common Ground event went here.

Common Ground is a
public lecture series with a difference. Each event will bring together people
from different worlds, opposing parties, or conflicting interest groups and
invite them to talk about what they have in common.SG logo

of the traditional faultlines in Australian politics fade into insignificance
when we take a long-term view. Right now, Australia’s most pressing challenges
can only be solved if those who represent competing interests can cooperate to
serve our common interests. Through Common Ground, the Centre for Policy
Development and our partners Slater and Gordon lawyers aim to give the leaders of this cooperation a national platform.

our first Common Ground, CPD is bringing together Sharan Burrow, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and Tony Steven, Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Small Business of Australia, to discuss how employers and employees can
work together to ensure that all
working women – not just the lucky few – have access to paid maternity leave.

Common Ground will be introduced by CPD fellow David McKnight, author of Beyond Right and Left, and moderated by Jackie Frank, editor of Marie Claire.

Time: Wednesday 23 April 2008, 5:30 for prompt 6:00pm start (concluding 7:30pm)

Place: Barnett Long Room, Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, Sydney

RSVP: Register online here, or by email to VERY FEW SPOTS LEFT!

Registration is essential. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Download a flyer here with the event information for your friends.

Australia is one of just two OECD countries that don’t provide any
paid leave for mothers with new babies. But the ground has really
shifted over the last few weeks, with retailers Myer and Aldi
introducing 14 weeks paid maternity leave, and yesterday’s announcement
that the ACTU, the Australian Industry Group, and the Human Rights and
Equal Opportunities Commission will work together to support a publicly
funded, national scheme. As Sharan Burrow, Heather Ridout (AIG) and
Elizabeth Broderick (HREOC) wrote in a joint article:

Paid maternity leave has been on the public
policy agenda for more than three decades and its realisation is
well overdue. The struggle for a universal scheme can only be
described as a protracted labour, and now is the right time to

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