Howard Government's 'generosity' disputed (letter)by Warren RocheNews Weekly
, June 9, 2007
John Morrissey's article, "Howard's cash benefits for families" (News Weekly
, May 12, 2007), makes the claim that "the Howard Government is the most family-friendly administration that Australia has ever known".
Perhaps it is because of the Howard Government's generosity that we now have the highest proportion of mothers in the paid workforce that Australia has ever known - out of necessity rather than out of choice.
In the same edition of News Weekly
, Colin Teese's far more practical and realistic assessment claims: "Families are getting a smaller proportion of GPD into their pay packets than at any time in the last 45 years. They now pay tax at twice the rate of 45 years ago, and yet are required to fund privately more of the essential community services."
Regrettably, a Labor Government will continue with the same neo-liberal, anti-family agenda.
This makes it all the more imperative for News Weekly
to inform its reader with fact rather than exuberance.Warren Roche,