Law change for Aussie kids to receive the $1​.​6 BILLION child support they’re owed.

Law change for Aussie kids to receive the $1​.​6 BILLION child support they’re owed.

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Ang V started this petition to Christian Porter (Former politician) and

Dear All Addressed

Currently a staggering and inexcusable 1.6 BILLION is owed to our nation’s kids.

1.6 BILLION

Hundreds of thousands of Aussie kids are not receiving financial support from non paying parents. 

This money could be used for our nation kid’s education, health and well being so they can thrive.

The current laws and policies aren’t working.

There needs to be a real consequence for the non paying parent for not abiding by a lawful child assessment - like affecting their credit rating or suspension of Driver Licence.

If the government can suspend a Driver license for a speeding fine - our kids matter more than speeding fines - then the same rules should apply for child support debt.

Personally, over $20,000 in Child support is owed to my little boy. As a result of the non paying parent (who earns a mining wage double to mine) our son is not able to go to school excursions, have more than one pair of shoes, go to swimming classes. At times I cannot afford his asthma medication. I make sacrifices so our child can at least be fed, housed and loved. 

In Feb 2018 my child care rebate ended and I had to pay full daycare fees of $605 Pw just to keep my job and have my son in daycare whilst I worked full time. That’s over half my wage. The rest went on rent. This resulted in maxing out my credit card just to feed us and travel to my job. Withholding child support is classified as coercive control or economic abuse (domestic violence).

I know of too many sole parents doing it tough for their kids. Currently there is no real consequence for the non paying parent - so they don’t care that their child support debt rises to 10k, 20k, 30k - even 300k. 

Child support isn’t just the LAW it is a basic human right for the child.

Article 6 of the Human Rights Convention for Children states:

1. Parties recognize that every child has the inherent right to life.

2. Parties shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.

Article 27 states:

1. Parties recognize the right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child's physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development.

2. The parent(s) or others responsible for the child have the primary responsibility to secure, within their abilities and financial capacities, the conditions of living necessary for the child's development.

This includes financially supporting a child for the development of their educational, health and well being milestones.

https://www.humanrights.gov.au/convention-rights-child

Every child deserves to thrive, to be supported financially for their educational, emotional, health and well being. 

I want to see real change, not just for my child and our situation - but for every Aussie child currently living below the poverty line. 

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