$1b in deadbeat parents debt
PARENTS owe their children more than $1 billion, despite a crackdown on those who don’t pay child support.
The child support debt has grown by 12.8 per cent despite a 20 per cent increase in child support agency staff and a $900 million funding boost to help the agency improve the system, the Daily Telegraph reports.
There’s that pejorative word again, “deadbeat”. There are plenty of legitimate reasons why non-custodial parents would have a problem paying what the CSA demands, and it’s not because they can’t pay their debts.
And that first sentence is oddly worded. They mean -
FATHERS “owe” their children’s mothers more than $1 billion, despite millions of taxpayer dollars being spent to make these toxic parental relationships worse.
First, it’s a scandal that non-custodial parents can’t ensure that the money they provide IS actually spent on their children.
But here’s a better idea than spending vast sums of public money enforcing the inequality between mothers and children – don’t. Get rid of the CSA. Provide ALL parents with the necessary support they need to raise the next generation, through Centrelink. Provide all children with decent education and health care. If families break down and non-custodial parents with money refuse to have anything to do with their children – then tax them like the rest of us. I don’t have a problem paying for “other people’s kids” – after all, they’re the ones who’ll run the country when I’m old.
And I’d much rather my taxes were being used to give the next generation a decent start in life than spent further poisoning their relationships with their absent parent.