There is a radical call this morning for Governments to encourage poor/disadvantaged families to have fewer children.
Bond University dean of medicine, Prof Peter Jones, writes in Medical Journal of Australia that too many children are being placed in care and ‘politically charged’ discussion is needed
Policies to discourage disadvantaged families from having too many children could help address the rapidly rising number of children in out-of-home care in Australia, an academic paediatrician has suggested.
In the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday, Prof Jones wrote that a range of interventions needed to be trialled and implemented to reduce out-of-home care numbers, which he saw as indicative of a failing of society, rather than “an expected consequence”.
“We need to ask politically charged questions, such as should we be developing policies that encourage disadvantaged families to have fewer children?” he wrote.
Prof Jones told Guardian Australia that capping child support benefits for up to two children could be among strategies geared at reducing the number of those in out-of-home care.
“It’s a tough call, it’s out of kilter with how our system currently works … [but] there are other countries that make these decisions in the best interest of the community,” he said.
The topic of debate on Sunrise this morning, surprisingly the commentators were in total agreeance with the need to discuss this further and make some big changes to help families.
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