Anglicare Australia says news that ParentsNext will be scrapped is a testament to years of campaigning from the people who were forced to take part in the program. In supporting the Government’s move, Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers said.
“For years, people forced to take part in ParentsNext have been saying that it was designed to punish them, not help them.
“It didn’t help people build their skills, create new job opportunities, or help parents raise their children. It was simply a low-blow aimed at families already doing it tough.
“From now on, parents will no longer have to take part in ParentsNext to get their payments. This move is a welcome reprieve for families doing it tough – and an important change in the narrative.
“We pay tribute to the many campaigners who have shared their stories about ParentsNext and worked to end the program – particularly women fighting for recognition of the work involved in parenting their families.
“We’re pleased the Government has been listening to people’s experiences, and we hope they will keep working us to build a better system,” Ms Chambers said.