Lifestyle

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



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Tony Abbott: Coalition in danger of becoming ‘Labor lite’

If only six members had changed their vote we would still have Tony Abbott as PM.

Abbott says he is disappointed and disillusioned with the government

Water meter readings across the region begin soon

ON THE JOB: Southern Downs Regional Council water officer Daniel Talbot reads a water meter.Photo Sophie Lester / Warwick Daily News

Council’s water officers will begin water meter readings.

Warwick father lectured on caring for toddler

Eventually, after being asked for the fourth time if he would consent to a probation order, Hayes agreed. The single father was sentenced to 18 months' probation and a conviction was recorded.

Man asks for a nice fine, gets probation.

Local Partners

Wet weekend to end hottest month

The hottest month in Southern Downs history will end with the region being doused in showers.


REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Collegians to kick off footy season next week

Collegians coaches (from left) Deb Scanlan, Garth Miller, Ben Brownlie, Matt Collins (U9 assistant), David Hallman, Kerry Scanlan, Josh Williams, Bob Bell, Craig Frattini and Scott Morton.

Plenty of experience in Collegians coaching ranks

Messing with your head

MIND BLOWN: What could be weirder than the realisation that we have another completely separate brain and nervous system than the one originating in our heads?

Fascinating connection between your gut and your brain

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

'LA LA Land? I only made it through 20 minutes.' Samuel L Jackson reveals his Oscars choices.

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

LOVERS: Grant and Chris have been together for more than three years, and Chris' parents refuse to acknowledge their son's fiance.

Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

What's on the big screen this week

Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

This week's new releases offer plenty of variety for movie buffs.

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!