NEW REPORT FINDS CUTS TO FAMILY PAYMENTS DISCRIMINATORY

A new report by a Parliamentary Committee has once again embarrassed Tony Abbott by finding his harsh and unfair changes to family payments may be a breach of human rights.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, chaired by Liberal Senator Dean Smith, found that Mr Abbott’s cuts to family payments “may be indirectly discriminatory on the basis of having a disproportionate impact on women”.

The self-proclaimed Minister for Women, Tony Abbott, has been exposed yet again for not standing up for Australian women.

The report found that Mr Abbott’s unfair cuts to family payments will have a disproportionately negative impact on women.

Many more women than men are reliant on family support payments.

Tony Abbott’s cuts to family payments will leave a single income family with two school aged children on $65,000 around $6,000 a year worse off.

The report concluded:

 

“The committee considers that the measure may be incompatible with the right to equality and nondiscrimination.”

 

PARLIAMENTARY JOINT COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS, DEC 2014

 

Labor welcomes the finding of the Government controlled Committee.

We know that Mr Abbott’s cuts to the family payments system unfairly target Australian women.

We will continue to fight against the most savage cuts to family payments.

Labor calls on crossbench Senators to rule out doing any deal with Mr Abbott that cuts family payments for low and middle income families.

WEDNESDAY, 3 DECEMBER 2013

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