Welfare equity? (letter)by Alan BarronNews Weekly
, July 27, 2002
Recently I have been made unemployed. Because my wife works part-time and earns over $24,000 per year, I am not entitled to claim Newstart (dole) or to receive a health care card. So we have to exist on 3/4 of a wage. I pay full fare for everything, even though I am not working at all.
Yet two income families - who are earning over $65,000 between them - get around $140 to put their children in formal child minding. That's over $7,200 per year! So they have two full time incomes plus a generous government handout. Me? I'm unemployed and I get nothing - absolutely nothing. (I would love to get $140 per week!)
A bit of common sense would indicate this is not right. The only trouble is no-one is prepared to tackle the all powerful women's lobby and femocrats over this issue. (For women read militant feminism).
Childminding payments are middle class "welfare". Why should a family with two full time breadwinners get anything from the Government? This is not right. Why can't I get something - given that my wife works part-time?
This ridiculous situation needs to be addressed but I doubt whether a 'conservative' government has the determination to confront the women's lobby.
I think that people like me, who have traditionally been the principal breadwinner, should be entitled to something.
I think it is outrageous that I am not entitled to anything - not even a health care card to help me through this difficult time.
I am trying to save for retirement in 10 years, but what hope have I got if I'm not receiving any income whatsoever?Alan Barron,