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Sunday Rally: JET child care changes unfair

From 1 July last year, child-care fee assistance under the Jobs Education and Training program (JET) was cut back to only include courses of study or training of up to 12 months for new participants.

"Through this system, the Government is disadvantaging single parents (most of whom are women) who are trying to get a better education so they can provide a better future for their children," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"Young women, who are trying to get an education and turn their lives around, are being forced into low-paid, unskilled work ... at a time at which we are desperate for more skilled workers."

"Single mothers are one of the most disadvantaged groups in this country, yet the Government are punishing them further ... by not giving them access to the child-care they need to enable them to get a qualification," said Senator Siewert.

"It's clear the Australian people are sick of the inequality surrounding child care in this country. Changes need be made to the system to help single mothers, not hinder them."

"This policy effectively bans single mothers from further education, and in Australia that is outrageous," she concluded.

FIGHT CHILD CARE DISCRIMINATION
SUNDAY 14TH OCTOBER
12 NOON
KINGS SQUARE, FREMANTLE

Speakers:
Senator Rachel Siewert, AMWU Secretary Jock Ferguson, ALP Sue Ellery MLC.

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