Carrie Bickmore made a very powerful and important statement on The Project.

Like many other Australians out there, Carrie Bickmore has some questions about what we can expect from the federal budget.

And on Monday’s episode of The Project she brought one of the major topics currently confusing millions of people to light.

Paid parental leave.

It’s been an issue that both major political parties have been flip flopping on, and it’s one that Bickmore says, people are getting pretty tired of.

Parenting, the mother-of-two said in the three minute segment, is all about “planning and preparation”, but due to the current circumstances, it’s now a thing that Australian families can’t actually do.

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RIP, our would-have-been financially unrealistic wealthy benefactor. Source: Getty.

As we all know, problems started with Abbott's disastrously unpopular  PPL scheme and Jobs for Families package, both of which were axed along with Tony himself.

Then, as the "bright and shiny, selfie taking, flag waving, PT riding PM" came on board, the delivery of a cohesive and well costed plan almost seemed possible.

But here we are, less than 24 hours away from budget delivery and just months out from an election, with not so much of a hint as to what anyone can expect.

Turnbull may have been peddling the narrative that "there has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian", but as Bickmore pointed out, that may be true "if you're worth $200 million, but if you're everyone else, not so much."

Now, with the next 12 months of national funding about to be dictated to us, those planning on becoming parents, those currently expecting children, and those already with them still aren't sure where things stand with PPL.

Right now, pregnant women across Australia currently have no idea what they'll actually be entitled to as of tomorrow. And that's not only terrifying, it's also heavily negligent on the Coatlition government's part. 


Any hope that was ushered in with Turnbull proved to be a false alarm. Source: Getty

But as the 35-year-old cancer cure advocate pointed out, Labor is hardly riding in on a white horse to makes things better themselves.

"While they've said they want to do more they've not actually told parents how they're going to make childcare affordable," Bickmore continued.

Faced with a government who have been "all talk and no action" and an opposition that hasn't clearly outlined how they're planning to make things better, the situation remains preciously uncertain.

Bill Shorten deliberating with his front bench during Question Time. Source: Getty.

"So if the government and opposition are serious about getting the votes of millions of working parents then they need to get serious about affordable child care and paid parental leave," Bickmore concluded, before adding, "on the budget out tomorrow, Prime Minister, you can bet we'll be listening."

The budget will be delivered from 7.30pm tomorrow night. 

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