Teen parents made to finish school (Aust)

Herald Sun 24 Nov 2011
A trial program will see 4000 teenage parents forced to finish Year 12 or risk having their welfare payments cut off after laws passed parliament yesterday. Senior minister Simon Crean said the programs would give young  parents new opportunities to boost their educational achievements  and job-readiness. “The Government is sending a very clear message that it is the  responsibility of the parent to make the most of opportunities  available to them,” he told the lower house. Opposition early childhood spokeswoman Sussan Ley said the  legislation was well-intentioned but the Coalition was concerned  that since many support services were already provided in some  form, much of the program funding would be spent on more  bureaucracy. But her party supported the Bill.