New Fair Agenda report shows impact of proposed cuts to Paid Parental Leave:

– low-income women are going to be particularly hard hit

– nurses, teachers, ambos and retail workers will all have the time they can afford to spend caring for their new baby slashed

– the mothers in the scenarios modelled will be left with just 7 – 13 weeks of living expenses covered (so less than half of the 26 weeks recommended)

– thousands will have their support cut to just 18 weeks; before their baby can even crawl

– some will lose as much as $10,000 under the cuts.

Read more about the Report at http://www.fairagenda.org/blog_report_newpplcuts

Superannuation reform is the perfect opportunity to address gender inequity

Rather than using the savings from superannuation reform to lower income taxes, we should use them to make concessions fairer and help women participate more fully in the paid economy, write Helen Hodgson and Marie Coleman. Read more here – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-30/coleman-hodgson-superannuation/6986500

FTB changes- NFAW Statement

The National Foundation for Australian Women is profoundly concerned by revised proposals by the Government to substantially cut access to Family Tax Benefits Parts A and B. The cuts will produce hardship for low income families, especially single parent families.

They further confuse and complicate the system of family payments, rather than simplifying. They are not likely to have any positive impact on female work-force attachment. They will hit hard in identifiable regions with high concentrations of low incomes families and lack of employment opportunities – outer suburban areas of capital cities, and the regions. (Electorates with the lowest rates of families claiming FTB and so less likely to be impacted include Wentworth and Curtin.)

Hypothetically, it is suggested that losses in family payments will be offset by access to cheaper child care. A parent of a 13 year old won’t be getting much out of that switch.
The changes will penalise those sole parents who are already in employment – for each $ earned there is a $ loss in FTB.

For the households where the parent, or parents are already working, the changes won’t produce additional workforce participation.

These proposed changes are an attempt to make the lowest income families repair the Budget at a time when overall outlays on family benefits are in steady decline. It is completely untrue that Social Security payments for families are rising unsustainably.

NFAW agrees with ACoSS – there is a need to change FTB – but that should have a focus on adequacy and the alleviation of child poverty, not just achieving savings. The Government’s proposals undermine our confidence in anything else proposed in the name of welfare reform. It is worth remembering in the context of current talk of changes to the tax mix and the need for compensation that the current structures being gutted were introduced by the Howard Government as compensation for the introduction of the GST.

NFAW urges Senators to reject the changes once the new Bill is tabled.

NFAW notes that the Senate Community Affairs Committee report on the previous Bill is due to be tabled on Monday 30 November. This alone will be a cause for confusion as the as yet unseen untabled Bill is considered.

30 November 2015
For further comment: Marie Coleman AO PSM, Chair, NFAW Social Policy Committee 0414483068

Download the media release here – FTB changes November 2015

Upcoming events

Senator Katy Gallagher entertained 100 of us at dinner at the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday 17 November. Events are planned for 2016 in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra
– Watch this space!

Marie Coleman talks about Women’s retirement income in the Drum

If the Turnbull Government is serious about bolstering women’s retirement incomes and supporting their economy security, it should start by reversing its decision to scrap the Low Income Superannuation Contribution, writes Marie Coleman. Read more – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-29/coleman-women-retirement-income/6894870

Family Tax Benefit

Proposed Family Tax Benefit saving robbing Pauline to Pay Peta.

While less appalling than the Government’s original proposals, the revised Family Tax Benefit (FBT) reforms are unlikely to have a significant effect on workforce participation, particularly in those states and territories with high unemployment, claim a range of workforce experts including the National Foundation of Australian Women (NFAW), Equality Rights Alliance (ERA), economic Security for Women (eS4W) and the Work and Family Policy Roundtable (W&FPR).

Read the Media Release here – NFAW release – FTB 2015 FINAL

Click on the link below to read the article in The Drum 23.10.2015

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-23/coleman-the-ftb-cuts-have-been-softened-but-theyre-still-a-con/6878498

Tax and transfer group welcome

NFAW welcomes the Government’s review of work disincentives in our tax and transfer systems

Read more:

Oct 2015 tax and transfer working group Morrison

Oct 2015 NFAW release – Barriers to work 2015 (002)

NFAW supports WEL’s campaign for long term funding for Women’s refuges

This is a bid for $2b over 5 years for C/S funding — details –

WEL proposal ATT A Women’s Refuges and Housing Bill 2015 draft 17 Sept 2015

WEL Proposal -Women’s Refuges and Housing Program Sept 2015

The goal is to get agreement to the proposal at the Council of Australian Govts (COAG)meeting to be held at the end of November.

We need to show the extent of community support for the proposal. We encourage people to sign on to a petition on the WEL website www.wel.org.au

Upcoming event – Canberra – Tuesday 17 November 2015

‘From Chief Minister to Senator’

National Press Club of Australia, 16 National Circuit, Barton

Tuesday 17 November 2015 Canapes at 6.30 pm and Dinner at 7.00 pm $75.00 per person

Book here: http://www.npc.org.au/membership/membersevents/nfawomen-annualdinner.html

RSVP by Friday 13 November 2015

Download invitation here – Canberra function 17 Nov 2015

Melbourne event held 28 July 2015

More than 50 of us listened to the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, discuss the Government’s agenda for women and field questions on issues including domestic violence, equal pay, tax and its relationship to child care and measurable targets for women’s representation in Parliament