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Joe Hockey once boasted that it is not the role of government to reduce inequality. I ask this simple question: if it is not the role of government, whose role is it?
Until we remove the stigma that comes with the biological fact that women carry the children and give birth, we aren't going to have a level playing field. Men should be encouraged to take time away from their careers to share the privilege of being with their children in those precious first few years of life. In return, their partners could return to the workforce earlier, or at least have the choice to do so.