Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Get Mums Back into Work

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Get Mums Back into Work

Article excerpt

I FINISHED last week's column with: "Government must provide the platform for Australia to move forward, and that means stopping the rot in our decade-long ailing productivity. The key? Get our women back to work for one."

Fifty percent of those who finish Year 12 are girls.

A significant number enter university. Others do other tertiary qualifications. The skills they acquire are lost to us for extensive periods in the cycle of their lives for one reason and one reason only.

Successive governments have not seen the wisdom in getting a child-minding regime in place that will encourage our skilled women to make the contribution they're trained for.

Women should be allowed, no encouraged, to make their choices, many women find being a stay-at-home mum unfulfilling and there is much research to indicate that child-minding has a positive, not negative, effect on children's development and wellbeing.

The main thrust of my contention in last week's finale was that it is government which has both the responsibility and power to encourage women into the workforce and stabilise unemployment. In 2008 during the global financial crisis it was entirely appropriate for the Rudd government to throw money at pink batts and school buildings as the economy had to be stimulated to avoid recession. The problem was Labor's naive management of these packages.

Equally, it is entirely inappropriate for the Abbott government to continue those Keynesian policies of fiscal largesse and we're seeing signs that they understand that. They've effectively jettisoned the car manufacturing industry, denied SPC a cash injection, signed free-trade agreements with South Korea and Thailand and will boost business by ending the carbon and mining taxes and re-introducing the vital Australian Building and Construction Commission. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.