July 27th 2002


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TRADE: Sugar industry study backs failed policies, not new solutions

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: SA Govt to ignore Drug Summit call for harm minimisation?

ICC: a clarification (letter)

It's a cruel world ... (letter)

Welfare equity? (letter)

Islam and Australia (letter)

COMMENT: After Cheryl Kernot - character is important in public life

ASIA: Hong Kong: deflation and Big Brother

BIOETHICS: It's fact - life begins at fertilisation

COMMENT: Liability insurance and the abortion industry

COMMENT: How to uphold Australian 'culture' - plagiarise

BOOKS: 'ALIVE: The True Story of the Andes Survivors', by Piers Paul Read

COVER STORY: Why the Kashmir conflict won't go nuclear

EDITORIAL: The maternity leave morass

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Telstra sale splits minor parties - but will it be enough?

Government should act to secure super savings

MEDICAL SCIENCE: Nerve cells used in spinal cord regeneration trial

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Empty vessels at the old corral / Short-termism

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Welfare equity? (letter)


by Alan Barron

News Weekly, July 27, 2002
Sir,

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,
Grovedale, Vic




























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