NATIONAL AFFAIRS: by Patrick J. ByrneNews Weekly
Treasurer Swan's budget cuts hit unwaged mothers
, December 10, 2011
Treasurer Wayne Swan plans to use his mini-budget to cut the baby bonus in order to help put the federal budget back in surplus.
The planned cuts will exacerbate the government’s discrimination against families receiving the baby bonus compared to those receiving paid parental leave.
The Treasurer proposes cutting the baby bonus from $5,400 to $5,000. It has been indexed to inflation, but he now proposes suspending indexation for three years.
Meanwhile, the government’s new paid parental leave (PPL) scheme won’t be touched.
PPL already discriminates in favour of families on two full-time incomes who are more likely to use daycare. It is paid only to women who are in continuous paid work before and between pregnancies.
It pays women for 18 weeks leave at the rate of $569.90 per week. This amounts to $10,258.20, gross, or about $8,845 after tax for the average working mother.
Cuts to the baby bonus will increase this short-term child-care funding discrimination.
Every family sacrifices a second income for new-born baby-care.
Long-term funding for the institutionalised care of children also discriminates against unwaged women working in the home.
Average childcare payments for daycare are around double the payments for parent care, i.e., Family Tax Benefit B.
The feminist network across all political parties has pursued a long-term strategy of discrimination against parental care home-care in favour of institutionalised daycare.
When Malcolm Fraser proposed giving families tax relief by letting couples split their incomes, the feminist bureaucrat (or “femocrat”) network blocked its implementation.
Whenever the government introduces austerity measures, it is always families providing their own childcare whose benefits are cut, or else the indexation of their payments is suspended or scrapped.
This strategy is designed deliberately to make parental home-care unaffordable, thus forcing families to rely on institutionalised daycare.
So much for the feminists’ stated belief in women’s choice.