February 28th, 2017 Archives

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CHILD CARE IS A MOTHER’S JOB: or should we replace mothers with “expert” mercenaries at child care centres?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Family, Lifestyle, Politics, Women

Many or most Australian women believe they should care for their own children as their main care-giver.
Probably 99 per cent-plus babies would agree.
Any government putting pressure on mothers to abandon that role is thus their enemy.
A government ideologically dedicated to squeezing parents out of the child’s life is able to use financial coercion such that a caring family can’t survive.
To offer funding, subsidies, benefits and allowances for children left in the care of strangers at a child-care centre — while withholding them from carer-parents — is unjust.
The government’s Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017, about to be voted on by the Senate, will aggravate these problems.
It should be rejected.
Sadly, Australia’s major parties all seem to have the mentality of treating work-at-home carer-mothers as second-class citizens.
A good reason for families never to vote for those parties.

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