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Grants for mums re-entering the workforce

By Jazz 6 February 2008 37

ABC Online have this article this morning on a new initiative to help out mums returning to the workforce after caring for children. The scheme launched by minister for women (is there a minister for men?) will give up to $1000 to 200 women per year to help out with the cost associated with returning to work after an absence.

I wonder if the criteria excludes men returning to work after caring for children. Personally i think those out of the workforce are better off looking for part time work or skills development through websites like rather than relying on government handouts.

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Snahons_scv6_berlina 8:49 am 07 Feb 08

GA, too lazy to check, i used to be there…

staria 11:02 pm 06 Feb 08

Mael, point taken, but as someone who has actually been on “stress leave”, after an absolutely appalling situation at work, I’ve found it’s not the lazy buggers who take it. I used to work 6 or 7 days per week, into all hours of the evening to cover the arses of people both above and below who didn’t like to work much themselves… but hey I’ve always been a sucker for punishment. It’s the staff that put in the extra effort that just keep getting the work piled on and on. Learn from it and move on I say, but a lot of the comments on this site regarding lazyness = extra leave are often far from the truth in my experience, mostly it’s the staff who work damn hard, and then just can’t anymore. My two cents anyhow.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 10:05 pm 06 Feb 08

Wait….you’re female as well?

VYBerlinaV8 9:47 pm 06 Feb 08

The Berlina sisters strike again!

el ......VNBerlinaV8 9:31 pm 06 Feb 08


VYBerlinaV8 9:29 pm 06 Feb 08

As a working girl, where do I go to claim my $$?

el ......VNBerlinaV8 9:15 pm 06 Feb 08

Point proven Jack.

Mælinar 9:12 pm 06 Feb 08

staria – while it is a nice idea to think that the grant will be targeted properly, I am willing to put my money where my mouth is and put $50 on at least 50% of the successful ‘moms’ go to pick up their cheque in their Subaru Forester or equivalent.

I’ll also go as far as supposing that they will bring out their folk festival weekend clothes just to really give out that hard done by, but really quite funky in a Stevie Nicks kind of way, appearance.

To address the lazy mofo issue – yes you are right, it isn’t a localised phenomenon. Bet your bottom dollar though there are some lazy buggers who would get off their asses after a nice stern talking to, and then there are those who would go on ‘stress leave’. I’ll leave it to your imagination which group I think would fall into that category.

In an effort to be anti-pedant – this is not a black and white steriotype, but I’m sure everybody reading this post knows exactly who I am talking about, well apart from a certain weapon who makes SGS look worldly and experienced.

JackW 9:07 pm 06 Feb 08

To the petrol guzzler, many people can see he’s a fool, don’t need you to confirm it.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 6:54 pm 06 Feb 08

Mr Evil: Hook, line and sinker. Again and again and again…

Love yer work 🙂

nyssa76 6:20 pm 06 Feb 08

FFS, where’s my money then? :P~

Mael, I agree with you. I went to Uni when a sole parent (eldest child). I finished the degree a few years later and was married. I have 3 kids and juggle work etc.

It’s not hard if you really want to do it.

My sister is one of those lazy mofo’s. She is 30 this month and has not had a job EVER.

Her son is 10 this year.

Our tax dollars keep her home sitting on her arse.

staria 5:02 pm 06 Feb 08

“And yes, I do think there are a class of women who are lazy mofo’s that need to take a long hard look at themselves, but unfortunately due to the nature of the PC workplace, are quite sheltered little princesses.”

Ok, I’ll bite 😀 I think that there are a class of people who are lazy mofo’s that need to take a long hard look at themselves. It’s not a localised phenomenon: men, women, public service, private enterprise – there are lazy buggers in each group and people who pick up the slack. I always have a good laugh at the “lazy public servants” rants, I wish I could find one of those teams that sit around drinking coffee all day!
Back on topic, I think it’s a good idea (the grant) as long as it’s targeted properly and not just a first in best dressed thing. Personally, I think a look at how to introduce more flexibility into the workplace for both sexes wouldn’t go astray. I reckon if permanent part time positions could be more easily available it would go a huge way towards getting more people into the workforce. Plus, I’d much rather someone working the full 4 or 5 hours a day they’re at work, than someone who has a full time position, but still only works 4 or 5 hours a day.

justbands 3:50 pm 06 Feb 08

Poor Mr Evil. You could always do it in normal working hours…instead of, oh..I dunno, posting on an internet forum.

Gungahlin Al 3:49 pm 06 Feb 08

Hi Snahons, my ID on RA isn’t exactly a secret…
And you are?

Mr Evil 3:44 pm 06 Feb 08

Justbands, I’ll take that on board when I’m sitting at home tonight doing work that my two favourite working mums should have done last week!

Mælinar 3:41 pm 06 Feb 08

I posted something in support of Mr Evil, but my browser crashed and I can’t be assed retyping it.

Short version is I have 2 kids in the last 2 years, and we’ve not asked for a dime off the Government, nor are we going to. Mrs Mælinar will be resuming work soon enough, and yes, daycare will be coming out of our own pocket.

Donations happily accepted though – suckers.

Keep up the good work Evil, I’ll try to keep the computer working enough to post supportive messages.

And yes, I do think there are a class of women who are lazy mofo’s that need to take a long hard look at themselves, but unfortunately due to the nature of the PC workplace, are quite sheltered little princesses.

justbands 3:30 pm 06 Feb 08

When I’m busy, there’s no way I’d have time to read/post here (obviously I’m not that busy right at the moment), multi-tasking or not. You’re not that busy buddy, can’t be picking up too much slack from the working Mums.

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