BIDWILL TOPS THE STATE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT AT A WHOPPING 18.9 PER CENT
BIDWILL has the highest level of unemployment in the state with one in five residents without a job. The federal Department of Employment last week revealed the 18.9 per cent jobless rate in Bidwill, Hebersham and Emerton is four times the Sydney level.
THOUSANDS have signed a petition calling for “Mia’s Law” to ensure justice for babies killed inside the womb by domestic violence.
The campaign follows the death of Mt Druitt mum-offour Kirralee Paepaerei, who was seven months pregnant with a girl she planned to call Mia, when it is alleged her partner, Joshua Scott Homann, 38, stabbed her to death.
A statement attached to the petition argues baby Mia could have survived and lived a normal life, had she been born prematurely at the same time.
Under NSW law, Mr Homann has been charged for Ms Paepaerei’s murder but not that of his unborn daughter Mia’s.
“There is no justice for babies like Mia,’ the petition said.
Ms Paepaerei was the 63rd woman in Australia believed to have been killed by alleged domestic violence this year.
Her grieving sisters read an emotional tribute on behalf of their mother for the 37-year-old at the steps of Mt Druitt Court last Wednesday morning.
Kirralee’s younger sisters, Kylie and Tammy Dugo, read out the words a heartbroken mum could not bring herself to say.
“My beautiful daughter Kirralee was sadly taken from us way too soon,” Ms Dugo read.