Senator Matt Canavan has called on the Government to look into reforming the income tax system to recognise the family as the basic unit of taxation. Senator Canavan said that several other countries that have some form of dependent recognition in their income tax rules,
“Some 18 OECD countries provide joint taxation cover including the Czech Republic, which covers couples with children, France which covers families,Germany which covers married couples, Ireland which covers married couples,Luxembourg which covers married couples...
|The world’s 400 million under-age marriages is a global problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions and ethnicities. Developing countries make up the top 20 nations for child brides, according to data from UNICEFs Demographic and Health Surveys, as summarised by the Girls Not Brides website. Read the full article.|
The so-called "Safe Schools" program, from Victoria, has gone national. In June, Safe Schools Coalition AUSTRALIA (SSCA) was launched by Safe Schools Coalition VICTORIA (SSCV) and the Foundation for Young Australians. SSCA is described as “dedicated to creating safer and more inclusive schools for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse young people.”
MPs and delegates are at a conference in Parliament House today to hear from speakers on strengthening the family. Today’s conference is about creating resilient relationships and as a result resilient children.
Today speakers will cover: ‘Relationships Literacy’ for youth, strengthening marriages, family-based taxation and the economics of the family.
For 28 years Australia has had a below replacement level fertility rate (currently at 1.88 children per woman’s lifespan). Under Howard, Costello encouraged families to not stop at two children but consider a third or more to help lift Australia’s woeful birth rate.
Unfortunately, various tax, birth and child-care payment policies combine to form a massive financial disincentive for families considering trying for a third child. The recent Government budget and Mr Abbott’s proposed discriminatory PPL scheme have significantly added to this problem.