No, a lot of us do not. It’s 10.15 pm and I’m working at home. I think some people see Australians as lazy and having one big picnic at the beach, but we work hard.
A rare picnic at the beach
The problem is both renting or owning a property in a large city like Sydney or Melbourne is expensive. That means you have to work. Working hours are getting longer.
We do get 4 weeks off a year and the odd long weekend, but with a family, you do need to make time to spend together.
Most schools have before and after school care available, which we pay for, because of the long hours we work.
Childcare is very expensive. Some mothers think financially they are better off not working and stay at home to look after their little kids. We get 14 weeks paid maternity leave and then 1 year off leave without pay, and we return to our jobs in the same position. However some mothers choose not to return or try to negotiate part time work.
It’s Friday night, I’m ready for sleep and the weekend!