The Stockbrokers Association of Australia held its 2012 Annual Stockbrokers Confererence in Melbourne. There were no women in the list of 17 expert speakers. This is obvious discrimination in the stockbroking world.
WEL comments on past Federal Budgets:
Women’s Electoral Lobby endorses the negative response of ACOSS, National Welfare Rights Network, and National Council for Single Mothers and their Children to policy change about the Newstart Allowance which pays just $35 a day ($37 for sole parents). It has not been increased since 1994. “The change will add to the disadvantages suffered by sole parents trying to raise their children” said Helen L’Orange, National Chair of WEL.
CLICK on Coleman from the Canberra Times.
And in 2007:
“Give us more services, not just money bribes says national women’s organisation.” “Women will not go back to work because of small tax cuts and a slight rise in child care rebates,” said WEL spokeswoman Eva Cox. “Funding and finding quality care are essential for mothers of preschool children to take up paid work and this budget does nothing to assist either of these.
And in 2006:
Although the tax cuts were welcomed by many, the disappointing aspect of the budget was the lack of initiatives to assist women. Child care initiatives concentrated on family day care and after school care but ignored the cost and need for more places at child care centres.
Also ignored was the problem of the double drop identified by then Liberal MP Jackie Kelly where parents have to take school children and toddlers to different localities. Kim Beasley suggested developing child care centres at primary schools. It is interesting to note that this occurs in some Tasmanian schools.
The Budget failed to note the contradiction of policies encouraging women to return to work and the effective increase in the rate of tax on a second income in a family.
Although there was some money for Mental Health, this included $235m for infrastructure at medical research facilities and $170m for a Fellowship Scheme. The desperate need for respite care for carers–usually women–was forgotten.
Superannuation changes are still not final. However most retirees and pensioners will not benefit from
changes. It may disadvantage many women in the future as they will not be able to contribute large sums on a yearly basis, throughout their working lives.
CLICK on Information on Superannuation from Susan Ryan.
WEL spokeswoman, Eva Cox, points out that welfare-to-work changes will mean that ALL recipients of parenting payments, single and partnered will be asked to look for part time work (15 hours per week) once their youngest child reaches six and lose access to the parenting payment when their child turns eight.
Impact on single parents: CLICK on “Shock awaits single mums on welfare“.