Representatives of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) Janfrie Wakim (left) and Susan St John attend a sitting of the Human Rights Review Tribunal in June 2008. CPAG argued that a government tax credit for working families, intended to benefit children, discriminated against the children of beneficiaries, who did not receive the credit. The tribunal found that the tax credit was indeed discriminatory, but that the government had a right to create a gap between the income of a beneficiary and the income of a working person to give people an incentive to find employment. CPAG unsuccessfully appealed against this decision in the High Court and in November 2011 applied for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal.
In 2013 the Court of Appeal ruled that there was discrimination against the children of beneficiaries, but also that this discrimination is justified on the basis of creating a goal of incentivising people into work. In June 2013 CPAG decided not to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal.
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Reference: 4 June 2008
Photograph by Craig Simcox
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