Paid parental leave for a year sounds like a great idea – hey, why not make it two? Lots of time to bond with the new bundle of joy, with money from the government coming in to keep up the mortgage repayments. It sounds like a dream come true – money for nothin’ and parental leave for free.

It’s a wonderful idea unless, of course, you are one of the suckers who doesn’t actually take parental leave: the childless, the already-had-kids or the stay-at-home mum (or dad). You know, the ones whose taxes are helping pay off all those blissful new parents’ mortgages?