March 6th 2010

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Articles from this issue:

FAMILY POLICY: Voters demand equality in childcare maternity payments

INSULATION SCAM: Wheel turns full circle for Peter Garrett

Climate-scare game is up (letter)

Latest quarantine fiasco (letter)

ENERGY: Nuclear energy ... next generation power source

SEX EDUCATION: Abstinence-only programs teach young to make wiser choices

NATIONAL SECURITY: Terrorist trial a landmark in Australian justice

CLIMATEGATE: No recent global warming, admits Professor Jones

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: US arms sales affirm Taiwan's strategic role

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Crisis of confidence in Rudd Government

FAMILY AND SOCIETY: What fatherlessness costs society

GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: Greek crisis tips Europe towards double-dip recession

Failing schools (letter)

News Weekly's prescience (letter)

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Australian manufacturing: does it have a future?


AS THE WORLD TURNS: Giant mosque to overlook UK Sandhurst military academy/Controversial images withdrawn by the Met/Beware of ice cream made in China/Plummeting birthrates threaten global prosperity/Al Gore lying low

BOOK REVIEW: EMPIRES OF THE SILK ROAD: A History of Central Asia from the Bronze Age to the Present, by Christopher I. Beckwith

SURROGACY: Next stolen generation - who needs a mother, anyway?

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Federal, state governments veto northern development

COVER STORY / EDITORIAL: Moment of truth for Bushfire Royal Commission

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Voters demand equality in childcare maternity payments

by Patrick J. Byrne

News Weekly, March 6, 2010
Overwhelmingly, Australians want childcare payments made to all families, and they want all mothers to receive the same amount from the government whey they have a child.

Currently, childcare payments are paid only to women with paid jobs who put their children in childcare centres; childcare payments discriminate heavily against mothers who raise their children at home.

Furthermore, as of 2011, women already in paid work who take leave to have a child will receive from government coffers 50 per cent more in paid parental leave than will stay-at-home mothers.

Two recent telephone surveys, each of 500 people, by the Brisbane-based Kids First project, found that Australians want stay-at-home mothers treated equally with those in the paid workforce.

The first survey, conducted in the Brisbane federal seat of Ryan, found that:

• 71 per cent want government funding for the costs of children's care to be the same amount per child, whether the child is being cared for at home or in a daycare centre; and

• 77 per cent believed that all mothers should receive the same amount from the government when they had a child, regardless of whether they were stay-at-home mothers or in the paid workforce.

The second survey, in Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's electorate of Griffith, found that:

• 63 per cent of residents believed that the cost of children's care should be the same per child, whether the child is being cared for at home by a parent or in a daycare centre; and

• 68 per cent believed that all mothers should receive the same payment on having a baby, regardless of whether the mothers were full-time home-carers or in the paid workforce.

Clearly, government policies that discriminate against stay-at-home carers are at serious odds with the equality that Australians demand between full-time homemakers and mothers in the paid workforce.

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