… a-hunting we will go!
Australia’s nice people have found themselves a new quarry this week. This time the unfortunate vixen is Clare Edwards, a 20 year old single mother who recently advertised in the Subiaco Post for a sperm donor so that she can conceive a second child. Clare’s declared ambition (according to Bettina Arndt in The Hun) is to have 11 children in total. As she’s a single mum, she’s already got one for her, so if she goes the full 11, there’ll be ten for the country. Under any other circumstances, this would be a laudable achievement.
But not in Clare Edward’s circumstances, which is why Bettina – surely one of Australia’s nicest people – has called “Yoicks, tally ho!” on her. Clare is the welfare so, far from being a patriotic contribution to the future economic health of the nation, in the form of 11 taxpayers to help out with the cost of Peter Costello’s parliamentary super, Clare’s 11 sprogs will start their lives as a burden on the taxpayer. And, since their mother has shown herself, on Seven’s Today Tonight – the epitome of probing, investigative Australian journalism – as basically a shiftless sponger, there’s no question about it; they’ll be a burden on the taxpayer throughout their lives.
And it’s not as if Clare is unique – we all know that there are plenty more out there just like her, an ugly truth that is the subject of a sordid bureaucratic and academic cover-up and soft-headed denial:
It’s really difficult to obtain statistics on how many Clares are ripping off the system.
Peter Saunders, from the Centre for Independent Studies, cites research showing most women who receive the sole parent pension after having a baby have already been on welfare.
Seven out of 10 women who end up on this pension, as a result of having a new baby, have previously received the less generous Newstart unemployment benefit.
More than half of these women go on to have further children while still on welfare.
Yes, it is true that most women end up on the sole parent pension as result of relationship breakdown, but there’s another steadily growing group where pregnancy triggers better benefits.
It’s all proof that we’ve gone too far – as Bettina laments:
In our efforts to rid children of the tag of illegitimacy, we now steer clear of any public discussion as to whether it is a reasonable and legitimate course of action for a woman to deliberately choose to have children she can’t afford.
The solution – simple really – bring back the stigma! Let’s have no more children born on the wrong side of the sheets:
All the research shows growing up in poor jobless, fatherless families means children are disadvantaged. It’s shameful that women like Clare would choose this for their children.
And worse still that our society lets them get away with it.