Former federal Labor MP Gary Johns has proposed compulsory contraception for women on welfare benefits.
In his new book, ‘No Contraception, No Dole’, Mr Johns argues for compulsory contraception for all women on welfare.
“If someone is on an unemployment benefit, they should be looking for work not starting a family. If someone’s on a parenting payment, perhaps because they are a single mum, they should be looking after existing children not having more children. And if someone’s on Youth Allowance, they’re a very young woman, they should be studying not starting a family,” Mr Johns told A Current Affair.
“When she comes off the benefit – whether she has a job or a new relationship, new support – she comes off the contraception,” he said.
Social commentator and feminist Jane Caro is appalled by Mr Johns’ proposal.
“We let them starve? We let them beg on the street, do we? How does this work? It’s the most appalling idea,” Ms Caro told A Current Affair.
“I’m not prepared to say that every mother on welfare is doing a bad job, or will necessarily bring up a child who themselves will end up on welfare. That may well happen and it may be a greater risk, but that doesn’t mean we judge everyone the same.”
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