"When a sick fourteen month-old baby needs her mum….or dad. No it’s not. There’s no contest. Sick baby wins!"
"If sick baby wins", why was it ok for sick baby to wait 5 days? Mum requested on Monday... for leave on Thursday. And then when granted leave, mum spends the afternoon doing radio and television interviews.
Seems more like sick baby wins when it's politically convenient.
We've moved from misogyny and onto sick babies, this Parliament's new football. - Joe
Hey KF, more power to you and me and anyone who has to FIGHT for our loved ones who can't fight for themselves. One day at a time. Sometimes one hour at a time.
Metoo- here's hoping you never have to walk a mile in our shoes- for a multitude of reasons, and my last word- I don't see it as "locking up" my aunt
I see it as an honor to make sure she is safe, looked after and comfortable for the rest of her life
Good luck to everyone, Robyn - Roby
Tara, this article is brilliant. Agree with every word. - Nicole Madigan
Santorini..... - Katherine Basher
Very moving. Everyone I know who had done this has been touched by it. - Jo
I have to disagree with a few things in this article. Mothers have never been better supported than they are now. 12 years ago I didn't get a baby bonus and I only got 16% childcare rebate. Now families get 50% rebate on childcare. 12 years ago there was no paid maternity leave option from the government and the paid maternity leave from my work was 6 weeks, now it's increased to 8 weeks. A colleague told me last year she took 8 weeks at half pay (over 16 weeks) and then got 18 weeks paid maternity leave from the government so she could take over 8 months off with pay. There is also paternity leave available now where I work which wasn't available 12 years ago. However I do agree with Tara Moss about Newstart. Giving single parents the Newstart allowance is pathetic and I challenge any politician to try and live on it for 6 months and pay a mortgage or rent and see how they survive. We also still have a long way to go on gender equality when it comes to pay scales but hopefully with more women in the workforce it will help the cause. - Not That Bad
Wonderful. I always ask myself will someone die if I fuck up? Will it matter in 3 months? And who fucking cares?
Works for me. The swearing part is important apparently. ;-)
x - Michaela C
Our focus on women and children and their difficulties ignores the elephant in the room. Where is the father/partner in this equation? Where is the support, financial responsibilty, active participation and general parental sharing by partners/fathers? Where are they all? Why has the focus on women and children left them invisible and unaccountable? Is it because we don't expect men to take care of their responsibilities, or is it too hard any issue to deal with? I fully acknowledge that there are many exceptions, including death of a partner, abuse and violence, and other diverse reasons, but is there no way we can broaden the debate to include the responsibilities of partners/fathers? Just a thought. - Nel Matheson
Can we please clarify that not all single parent families were moved from PPS to Newstart - only those who were grandfathered by the Howard government when they brought in the changes many moons ago. It was Howard and his cronies that singled out and privileged a group of single parents, allowing them to recevie more than anyone in similar circumstances who didn't benefit from the grandfathering, or never received PPS in the first place (Not everyone's marriage ends before their youngest child turns eight).
While I don't believe that Newstart is sufficient to live on and raise children easily I am very much against this focus that has been placed and what is in reality a small group of people. How about fighting to put everyone on PPS or to increase Newstart rather than just a few. - Carz
Well spoken, Vanessay. I cringe when I hear people go on about single mothers. As if it's only the mothers who deserve the social stigmatization and the husbands, boyfriends, partners don't.
And as if the two parent family is so perfect. As if no two parent family lives off the taxpayer or eats junk food.
But more important than the social stigma that attaches itself to their children is the poverty that disadvantages them and how it can be transmitted to the next generation.
Many single mothers are close to the bread line and that's not good enough. Do we want them on the street? How would that look?
It's no better than kicking someone when they're down. Un-Australian. - Rhoda