Last week Tony Abbott announced that if he wins the election, he will be instigating his ramped up version of the Paid Parental Scheme to represent six months (26 weeks) paid leave at full pay, with a cap at $150,000 per working mother (which means therefore up to $75,000 per mother).
The extended Paid Parental Leave would come into effect from July 1 2015, but has divided the Coalition as well as the general public, businesses and political commentators.
So would the new PPL swing your vote? While most people recognise the need for paid parental leave, many believe this six months on full pay is too much and divides the working mother and stay at home mum and favours those on the higher pay scale.
The new coalition maternity leave policy would provide mothers with 26 weeks' paid leave based on their earning capacity, capped at a salary of $150,000 a year, meaning a mother could receive up to $75,000. The scheme also includes superannuation. Fathers will be eligible for two weeks' paternity leave at their wage.
It's a big increase. Currently the paid parental leave is 18 weeks pay at minimum wage. With dads being able to swap in and take over primary care if the mother goes back to work early.
So how does Australia's Paid Parental Leave scheme stack up globally? Here's a quick snapshot of what some other countries offer: