December 10th 2011

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY / EDITORIAL: Mining tax will hit Australian industry and super

CANBERRA OBSERVED: PM Gillard buys herself some breathing space

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Treasurer Swan's budget cuts hit unwaged mothers

QUEENSLAND: Labor's dying wish: to bury marriage once and for all

WATER: Time to protest over second Basin plan

NEW ZEALAND: John Key's National Party increases its vote

GLOBAL WARMING: Durban conference switches tack on climate change

EUROPEAN UNION: EU's options for tackling the eurozone crisis

UNITED STATES: Sarah Palin castigates congressional corruption

RUSSIA: What Russia's presidential election portends

FAMILY LAW: Labor and Greens creating a fatherless society

SOCIETY: Social engineering and the abuse of children

YOUTH AFFAIRS: Schoolies week excesses: public debate needed

ABORTION: Deceptive advertising of the abortion industry

CINEMA: A ringing affirmation of fatherhood

BOOK REVIEW: Forbidden reading

BOOK REVIEW Dickens: the early years

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Treasurer Swan's budget cuts hit unwaged mothers

by Patrick J. Byrne

News Weekly, 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. 

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