This is so fucked up on so many levels:
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.
Under the government’s welfare crackdown, teenage parents will be required to attend six-monthly interviews with Centrelink once their baby is six months old and, on the child’s first birthday, will have to have a plan for completion of school.
Meanwhile, the new National government over this side of the Tasman is also going to be fucking up the lives of people even more in the not too distant future. Worst hit are likely to be those on the DPB and Sickness Benefits. Grr.