‘Research by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) and AMP says mothers on minimum wage may only keep a fraction of their earnings, with some effectively working for just $3.50 an hour.’
Whilst paying for child care is the responsibility of both parents as a result of the gender pay gap and societal expectations of women taking on caring roles it is often the women who doesn’t return to work if child care is considered too expensive. This has a negative impact on the women’s life long earning capacity and ability to maintain a successful and fulfilling career. Both factors that see women more vulnerable to poverty.
To read more about this issue click links below
ABC News article: ‘Parents losing up to 60pc of income when they return to work as child care costs soar ‘ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-22/parents-losing-up-to-60pc-of-income-after-returning-to-work/5541598
Women’s Agenda: Should mum or dad pay for childcare? http://www.womensagenda.com.au/talking-about/editor-s-agenda/should-mum-or-dad-pay-for-childcare/201406224207#.U6-rr_mSxpF
A domestic violence support service in Tasmania is bracing for an increase in women seeking help due to federal budget cuts to family support payments.
Interested in learning more click link to full story by Lauren Day ABC News
Rallies have been organised by community groups and Unions in NSW and Victoria. In Victoria the following organisations have collaborated to support the rally , March Australia, Victorian Council Of Social Services, Get Up, Council of Churches, Victorian Trades Hall, Environment Victoria, and Friends Of The Earth.
Community organisations have become increasingly concerned about the impact of the budget on already struggling Australians. A Fair Deal For Women shares these concerns. Universities charging more for courses ,reductions in Family Tax Benefits, taking away income supplements for pensioners and charging $7.00 t per Doctor’s visit are just a few examples of changes that are going to have a negative impact on struggling Australians. And whilst these changes are going to effect both men and women, women are far more likely to be economically struggling than men. Poverty in Australia 2013 Edition found that 54% of people living in households below the poverty line were female compared to 46% male.
Below are the links to the rallies in Sydney and Victoria.
Sydney – http://www.unionsnsw.org.au/event/bust-budget-rally-sunday-6-july-1pm-outside-sydney-town-
Will you brave the cold for better budget for all Australians ?