News

Is having two jobs for one family selfish?

One parent should be home with the kids, says an Apple Tree Creek woman.
One parent should be home with the kids, says an Apple Tree Creek woman. Anatoliy Samara

RETIRED registered nurse Judy Petschulies has come up with a radical plan to fix Bundaberg's unemployment epidemic.

Mrs Petschulies created a stir on social media this week when she said double-income households were placing others at a disadvantage when, if they learnt to live within their means, could survive on a single income, thus freeing up jobs for others.

Her revelations angered many, but Mrs Petschulies stands behind her words.

"I am a 75-year-old woman, well educated. I have travelled and have a broad outlook on life," she said.

"What I was trying to say is that with the terrible unemployment figures that Bundaberg has, with some families having no one working at all, I feel it is unfair that there are families who have two members working.

"By two family members working, this takes away jobs from some of those who have no work at all."

The Apple Tree Creek resident said she was also against government handouts for expectant mums in the form of paid parental leave and childcare rebates.

"This money would be better spent in trying to alleviate the shortage of work," she said.

"I believe if you have children you should look after them yourself and not expect any handouts from anyone.

"If you cannot afford to have them, you don't have them."

Mrs Petschulies said it did not matter who in the household went to work, "as long as one is working and there is one there minding the children".

"Otherwise you have other people imposing their ideas on to your kids," she said.

"Are they being kind to them? Who knows. You'd like to think so, but none of us ever really know."

Mrs Petschulies said the problem was more far reaching than unemployment, with community groups unable to find volunteers as women headed to work.

"One Bundaberg high school with over 1000 students has been struggling to get a P&C committee - no one has any time to help out. I know one of their recent presidents was a single mum with no work while all these mums with paid work don't have any time, yet they expect their children to benefit from all the hard work these volunteers do. It's just not fair," she said.

Despite the backlash, "those with two working went ballistic and would not even think of the idea", Mrs Petschulies said she hoped she had given people something to think about and maybe touched a few nerves.

"If everyone was prepared to share around a little of their knowledge, their ideas and to help those less fortunate than ourselves, it would be a better world," she said.

"It worries me that people are really only thinking about themselves and not others as well."

Born in 1942, living off post-war rations with little money and toys, Mrs Petschulies said she had fond childhood memories to look back on in a family that loved one another.

"(We) had no electricity, so none of the mod-cons ... to now computers. Huge changes in that time," she said.

She was married at 22 and had two children. The family struggled to make ends meet, but made do without the luxuries.

Her husband then landed a job in the Pilbara and the family relocated.

Mrs Petschulies remembers the feeling of isolation that came with living in a mining town thousands of miles from family in Queensland where the climate was harsh, but says they made it through and the struggle pulled them closer together.

"Many people could not live there and left after only a few months. So you have to make sacrifices to succeed," she said.

She also said when the couple married in 1965 jobs were plentiful and often there were not enough workers to fill the positions. A stark contrast to today.

In the end, Mrs Petschulies said she just wanted people to consider their peers and give others a fair go.

Topics:  editors picks employments jobs



Cyclone Debbie makes landfall as communities take cover

The Whitsundays in the eye of Cyclone Debbie.

Cyclone could be 'devastating for many, many hours'

Cyclone Debbie: What to do when she hits

Radar Image from the BOM site.

Emergency details you will need before and after cyclone hits

Criminal family affair: Brutal attack ends in jail

Brent William Ibbotson and his mother, Leanne Otto.

A man, his mother and her father-in-law all had a hand in an assault

Local Partners

'Definitely going up': Banana prices tipped to rise in wake of TC Debbie

NOW could be the time to stock up on bananas with prices tipped to rise in wake of TC Debbie.


Fuel Frenzy

Win a $1,000 Fuel Voucher
Learn More

CMC Rocks is just the ticket for Eric Paslay

HAPPY TO BE HERE: American country singer Eric Paslay will play CMC Rocks 2017.

Country music singer is touring overseas for the first time.

Daredevils of Nitro Circus to thrill Lismore

Oakes Oval in Lismore will host the sell-out, worldwide phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live during its 15-city Australian tour in April.

The (in)famous 55-foot high Nitro Giganta ramp is the centrepiece

CHOOSING LIFE: Emu Park veteran leads way out of PTSD

WINNING THE FIGHT: Andrea Josephs with her daughter Kyla (10) at the Emu Park Anzac Memorial ahead of her official Matilda Poppy launch this weekend.

Andrea Josephs will officially launch Matilda Poppy in new hometown

Married at First Sight's controversial groom laying low

MARRIED At First Sight groom Anthony is laying low as he cops national backlash after being portrayed as a “controlling” husband.

Seven, Nine’s crazy cyclone battle

Ruth Western ain't got time for Cyclone Debbie.

Reporters are battling fierce winds, and locals who won’t play ball.

MAFS bride shops around new love story

Nadia Stamp has put a price tag on her new man.

Nadia is shopping her $4000 new man ... and it’s not Anthony.

Amy Shark takes out top prize at Queensland Music Awards

Amy Shark won three Queensland Music Awards last night.

VIOLENT Soho, Dami Im and The Amity Affliction also honoured.

Kyle Sandilands declares war after dodgy editing

Shock jock Kyle Sandilands has issued a grim on-air warning

HEARTBREAK: M'boro farmer misses out on love on reality show

Susan Rawlings and Sean Hollands in a scene from Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Hearts were broken during Sunday's Married at First Sight episode.

Art show judge honoured to take on job

NEW JOB: Geoff Head is looking forward to being the guest judge for the Gladstone Ports Corporation's Paint the Port art competition.

'Significant': guest judge for art competition announced

Luxury hotel expands $400m water park development

Developer to push on with second stage of massive new water park

Oceanside commercial opportunity in Sunshine Coast hot spot

Adjoining Kings Beach redevelopment sites "one of a kind''

Dalwood waterfall up for sale

Two people have died at Dalwood Falls, Ballina.

How would you like to own your very own waterfall?

Council to auction off Gladstone region land, buyer must develop

Tents and caravans at the Boyne Valley Country Music Campout, Ubobo. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer

Council will auction four parcels of Gladstone region land next week

'It's a pity': Residents living in Brookview limbo land

The balance of Brookview Estate at Glen Eden is for sale, after the developers behind the project went bust.

Brookview Estate residents speak out on the sale.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!