PORTER OUT OF TOUCH AND OUT OF HIS DEPTH
October 26, 2015
Social Services Minister, Christian Porter delivered another terrible Question Time performance today once again showing he is completely out of touch with the needs of grandparent carers and totally out of his depth in his new portfolio.
Pushed on his terrible answer yesterday in which he said grandparent carers losing $2,500 a year would benefit from better childcare, Porter dug even deeper today.
Today Porter stated:
“Their assumption is that grandparent carers can never re-enter the workplace. That is a ridiculous old fashioned notion which has no bearing on reality.”
CHRISTIAN PORTER, HOUSE OF REPS, 22 OCTOBER 2015
Within minutes of Porter’s remarks in the Parliament Rita Beckman a grandparent carer from Queensland emailed me stating:
“He [Porter] has assumed that it is easy for grandparents to return to work even mentioning a number of grandparents who are in the Parliament. I have always worked and paid my way.
I am a single aged pensioner and I am the legal guardian for my 10 year old granddaughter since the sudden death of my daughter. She has been in my care since she was 5 years of age. I am now 75 years old and… I will be 78 when she turns 13 and 81 when she turns 16. I do not wish to seem complaining as I love having this little girl in my life but for goodness sake how can anyone possibly think an employer would take me on. The arrogance of the Minister for Social Services is breathtaking.”
Grandparent carers like Rita are unsung heroes.
Often the circumstances in which grandparent carers come to care for their grandchildren are tragic.
They deserve our respect and support.
They don’t deserve to be insulted by Christian Porter and certainly not be made subject to cuts of $2,500 a year.
Mr Porter should immediately apologise to the nearly 4,000 grandparent carers like Rita who are looking after their grandchildren.
THURSDAY, 22 OCTOBER 2015