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Women will stay home, says Irwin.

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Women Will Stay Home, Says Irwin Many married women will stay at home rather than work in low paid jobs says Fowler MP Julia Irwin. Speaking on the government’s Work Choices changes, Mrs Irwin said that more married women will choose not to work.

Mrs Irwin quoted a University of Sydney study which shows that married women weigh up the cost of going back into the workforce against staying at home and receiving tax benefits.

“Fowler has more low income families than any other urban electorate in Australia and it has the highest number of unskilled workers. Only the remote electorate of Kalgoorlie has fewer women in the workforce.

“If you count the cost of childcare, transport, work clothes, the extra cost of things like takeaway meals and the loss of tax benefits you can see that work becomes a marginal proposition. Add to that the disadvantage of poor English skills, which make negotiating a fair wage difficult, you can see why so many women in Fowler choose to stay at home,” Mrs Irwin told parliament.

But that won't apply to single parents.

“There are no work choices for single parents. This Government is discriminating against women because they have no partners.

“Rather than boosting the economy and employment, Work Choices will have the opposite effect. Family tax benefits will rise while GDP and tax revenue will fall. This is the brave new world of Work Choices,” said Mrs Irwin

- 18th November 2005