August 11th 2001

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Cover Story: The building industry's Royal Commission

Canberra Observed: Telstra creates headache for Beazley pledge

Straws in the Wind: Peter's Friends

Western Australia: WA Liberals' preference deal could be decisive

Red light districts don't work

The Media

Singapore funds (letter)

Tony Abbott criticised (letter)

Birth dearth (letter)

Parenting payments (letter)

Tree cover (letter)

Drug Deaths (letter)

Middle Ages climate (letter)

LAW: International Criminal Court: the dangers

The companies driving US-Australia free trade agreement

Books promotion page

Parenting payments (letter)

by Carol Phillips

News Weekly, August 11, 2001

The recent Federal Budget raised an item of concern to me, as a mother who is to be "induced" into a day of paid employment when my youngest child is 13 in order to receive the full Parenting Payment.

I believe that some exceptions should be permitted for women who are gainfully employed full-time, even though they are unpaid.

I speak especially for home-schooling mothers like myself, although there must be others in this category.

My youngest child is eight years old and if I am to be able to home-school her through her secondary education, I will need to be available full-time, leaving no time even for a day of paid work.

I believe that the Government needs to be informed of the necessity of such exemptions.

Carol Phillips,
Burswood, WA

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