WORK CRI­SIS

BID­WILL TOPS THE STATE FOR UN­EM­PLOY­MENT AT A WHOP­PING 18.9 PER CENT

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian McKee

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.

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