So the Federal Government has plans to introduce Legislation to withhold the welfare payments for 13 weeks from the parents of serial truants. Are they serious? This would have to rank as one of the most careless and idiotic proposals ever to be introduced into Parliament.
Families on Centrelink benefits barely manage to make ends meet without the assistance of welfare agencies as it is and seem to be constantly behind in their rent,bills etc. The stress this places on the recipients of benefits is incredible where domestic violence and child abuse are common.This will only escalate, having serious and dangerous ramifications for the children and partners.The welfare agencies and child services are unable to handle their case loads efficiently now, so if this does pass through the Parliament who knows what will happen. It reeks of diversionary political tactics to me!