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Queensland parents owe ex-partners almost $200 million

Joe Ludwig: "I will be announcing a new set of compliance initiatives in the near future. These will help ensure that paying parents meet their obligations and kids get the support they need."

Personally, I don't subscribe to the view that if a child is forcibly taken from a parent and is no longer living with him that he is somehow still financially responsible.

I believe that those who took the child and are blocking custody and residence are financially responsible.  In most cases this is the mother and the government (as they are the ones who removed the child).

I don't believe anything is owed to people who end a contract (marriage or defacto), take the children and expect to be paid for it.

Such people have made their choice and that is to take the children and to work to support them.  If they are not prepared to work, and expect others to pay, then the children should be removed from them (in most cases).

Additionally, noting the title of this article, I thought the alleged 'child support' money was for the children, not for the 'ex-partners' (aka mothers).

Queensland parents owe ex-partners almost $200 million

The Courier-Mail
16 June 2008

Queensland parents owe ex-partners almost $200 million
By Margaret Wenham

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Debt stuns minister ... Human Services Minister Joe Ludwig will focus on stingy parents.

Queenslanders owe nearly $200 million in child support payments, second only to the amount owed by NSW parents.

As well, more than one in three parents who pay child support to their ex-partners on a voluntary basis are handing over a paltry $10 a week or less.

Only 29 per cent paid more than $100 a week and 35 per cent transferred $10-$100 a week.

Human Services Minister Joe Ludwig, pictured, who released the figures yesterday, said he was shocked by the level of debt.

"It upsets me that some parents still refuse to meet their child support obligations - it is after all about looking after the welfare of their kids," Senator Ludwig said.

"I will be announcing a new set of compliance initiatives in the near future. These will help ensure that paying parents meet their obligations and kids get the support they need."

Almost $770 million in child support was owed by parents living in Australia.

Another $230 million was owed by parents who had moved overseas since splitting up and by parents living in Australia who owed money to families overseas.

Only parents in NSW and the Australian Capital Territory owed more, with $249 million in outstanding child support.

"The Child Support Agency is doing really good work to convince parents with outstanding debt to meet their obligations," Senator Ludwig said.

"It uses all available avenues, including the courts, to ensure separated parents meet their child support obligations and the kids get the support they need."

Senator Ludwig said the CSA was even planning to seize payments from the demutualisation of private health insurer MBF from 500 parents who owed child support.

"That will mean almost a million dollars going to kids," he said.

The data was released ahead of sweeping changes that come into force on July 1, which were expected to reduce the overall amount of child support assessed and paid by separated parents.

Senator Ludwig said the new system was more balanced and took into account both parent's income and the actual cost of raising children.

It would also recognise that teenagers were more expensive to support than young children.

"Parents should do the right thing by their kids and give them the level of support they deserve," he said.

 "It's not just a question of legal obligations.

"It's more about meeting your responsibilities as a good parent … I'm determined to make sure as many parents as possible meet their obligations."
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