Wednesday, 13 September 2006
- That the Senate—
- notes, with concern:
- that child care workers remain among the lowest paid Australians, earning as little as $541 per week,
- that women working in child care are likely to accumulate some of the lowest levels of superannuation in Australia,
- that a politician who entered parliament at the 2004 election, aged 30, and who retires at 65 would have received a superannuation lump sum of $670 211 but would now receive a lump sum of $1 117 000 under the new 15 per cent contribution regime, and
- the statement by the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) that low wages adversely affect the gene pool of those drawn to particular occupations; and
- calls on the Government to address the wages paid to child care workers before supplementing the salary advantages paid to politicians.