Funds cut to affect single parents

CONTROVERSIAL changes to single parent welfare payments have been passed through the Senate, sparking fierce debate and fears of heightened poverty.

The changes will see single parents moved from Centrelink's parenting payment and on to the Newstart Allowance as soon as their youngest child turns eight.

The dole currently works out to about $39 a day for these parents and could see them lose as much as $115 a week.

It is estimated up to 100,000 parents will be affected.

St Vincent de Paul has declared its support for single parents.

Chief executive Dr John Falzon said he feared the affected sole parents and their children would be driven deeper into poverty once moved on to "the pittance" of the dole.

"We are in complete solidarity with these families. This is a matter of justice," he said.

"We wholly support people's transition to the workforce but you do not help people do this by forcing them on to a woefully inadequate payment."

The Daily News took the issue to Facebook yesterday and received mixed but equally passionate responses.

Denni Elle took to the social networking site to vent her anger at the changes.

"It's disgusting, where are the 100,000 jobs going to pop up from?" she asked.

"Where are the child care placements going to come from?

"Where do all the special needs kids go when mum or dad have to work?

"It's a vote grab and a way to show they're tough."

Odille Esmonde-Morgan agreed.

"It's appalling. I have no children myself but can see that eight years is far too young to be expected to come home to a house with no mum," she posted.

Jayne Shelley was of a differing opinion and welcomed the toughened approach.

"Awesome. I go out and work, pay a lot of tax. I think it is good, go get a job, why should people get something for nothing?

"If you can't afford to raise a child, don't have children."

Emma Skye Wolff agreed, saying parents already received the child care rebate.

"I think it should be as soon as your youngest child turns six and goes to school."

The National Welfare Rights Network's Maree O'Halloran slammed the new legislation, saying sole parent families were the group that were most at risk of poverty.

"It is ironic this legislation passed just days before the launch of Anti-poverty Week this Sunday," she said.

Topics:  poverty, single parenting




Local Real Estate

finda logo
Featured Real Estate
Half Acre Land ... $65,000
Residential Land 0 0
The Summit Village ... $230,000
House 3 1 2
Amazing Property ... $380,000
House 3 2 2

Featured Jobs

finda logo

Warwick jobs listed daily


Featured Jobs
FULL TIME WEB... Fortitude Valley Full Time 75,000 - 90,000


Local Partners

LATEST DEALS AND OFFERS

Great Gardening...

Win a $500 gardening gift voucher
Learn More

Cars For Sale

Find cars for sale online now.
Learn More

Property Listings

Post an ad from $30
Learn More

Local Profile

Stay Connected

Get the news as it happens, in your inbox

You can change the newsletters you are subscribed to when you edit your profile

Edit Profile


Special Offers

Latest deals and offers

View today's ePaper!

Read the digital edition
Learn More

Horoscopes

Libra

No one can cramp your style today as the Moon and Mars indicate a strong drive to get mobile and physical. This is advisable. Someone is...

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save