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Budget 2006: Give adoptive parents a fair go: Budget.

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Senator Natasha Stott Despoja Democrats Senator for South Australia Australian Democrats spokesperson for Work and Family

Dated: 09 May 2006

Press Release Number: wodpihvj Portfolio: Work and Family

Give adoptive parents a fair go: Budget

The Australian Democrats today called on the Government to end discrimination against adoptive parents in tonight's Budget.

"This Government has talked a lot about supporting families and women in the lead up to this year's Budget, but continues to discriminate against families who adopt children over the age of two," Democrats' Work and Family Spokesperson Senator Natasha Stott Despoja said.

"Currently, only families who adopt children up to the age of two are eligible for the Government's Maternity Payment. This excludes many parents adopting children from overseas, who often have to endure months or years of legal limbo before the formal adoption takes place.

"I have long campaigned for the age restriction on the Maternity Payment to be removed, and am glad that last year, the Government responded by at least increasing the restriction from six months to two years.

"This is still not good enough adoptive parents deserve more; particularly given many adoptive parents are encouraged to take 12 months off work to settle their new child, regardless of the age of that child.

"If the Government does not address this injustice in tonight's Budget, I will introduce legislation in June to remove the age restriction," Senator Stott Despoja said.