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Families and tax: Joe should have a chat with Barnaby
Monday, May 18, 2015

The word “families” was bandied about a lot during Joe Hockey’s recent budget speech – but his tax white paper has ignored them, especially families struggling on  a single income,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.

“So I hope Joe manages to have a word with his cabinet colleague Barnaby Joyce, who is asking why families with full-time mums are being ignored.  The Nationals deputy leader said on Sky News yesterday that the tax white paper should look at why families with a stay-at-home mum miss out on benefits like paid parental leave.  Mr Joyce said his wife, by staying home to care for their kids, is part and parcel of his career.  She deserves equal recognition.

Ros Phillips said the tax discussion paper asks 66 questions, but not one of them is about families, let alone single-income families.

“The 203-page discussion paper itself only mentions households and families in passing,” she said.

“Many couples who voted for the federal government in 2013 are feeling betrayed.  They miss out on increased benefits for institutional childcare, while facing budget cuts to Family Tax Benefits.

“We commend Barnaby Joyce, Senator Matt Canavan, and others who are drawing attention to the plight of one-income families whose childcare and other unpaid work contributes so much to this country,” Ros Phillips said.

“They deserve a fair dinkum family tax system!”


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