Source: Daily Telegraph
COME January, thousands of teenage mothers will have to do their HSC, go to TAFE or lose their welfare payments. Young mums in Bankstown, Wyong and Shellharbour will be among the first in Australia forced to take part in a federal government trial of 10 disadvantaged areas that will strip them of their benefits if they don’t finish Year 12. About 11,000 teenage parents receive a parenting payment worth up to $641 a fortnight and 90 per cent of them have not completed Year 12.
I don’t agree and am staggered by the results of the poll. Why should young single mothers be forced to outsource the care of their children to complete Year 12? We are one of the few countries in the world where this is even acceptable and is leading to a “daycare generation” of kids who spend more time in paid care than they do with their parents or siblings. Six week old babies are dispatched into full-time paid care, followed by subsequent children, all growing up bonding with their carers and “kindy friends” not their own families. Any wonder we have a problem with the breakdown of the family unit, and a generation of kids with no respect!