Micro-Aggressions and Single Mothers

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Micro-aggressions – the many little devaluing and disrespectful verbal interactions and injustices that are almost too small to identify, but accumulate to make the recipient feel judged, undermined and demoralised. Sound familiar? I think for many single mothers, it will. Last week I was delighted to attend the Women’s Policy Action Tank which aimed to put women in the centre of policy development. It was an amazing array of cross-sector panels, new research and helpful insights, much of which is very relevant to CSMC’s work with single mothers. Still fresh in my CEO role, I was very proud to be … Read More

Party Policies

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As promised a couple of weeks ago, here is an update on the party policies for ‘Election 2016’ and the way these affect single mothers. Labor Liberal Coalition Greens

FTB: how party policies affect income support

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Family Tax Benefit (FTB) is made up of two parts (A) & (B) • FTB A is a means-tested payment for families with dependent children between the ages of 0 and 19, worth a maximum of $234 per child per fortnight, depending on income and the child’s age. • FTB B is a means-tested payment for single-parent families and families with one income of $100,000 a year or less, worth a maximum of $153 per family a fortnight, depending on the age of the youngest child and the income of any secondary income earner in the family. Changes • From … Read More

Labor’s Child Care Policy

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Yesterday, the leader of the ALP, Mr Bill Shorten announced Labor’s child care policy. Labor is promising to lift the childcare rebate cap from $7,500 to $10,000 a year per child, to help more than 100,000 families. This rebate is available to all families, regardless of income. As stated by Mr Shorten “We need to make sure that child care remains affordable, it remains quality and it remains fair.” “Child care makes the difference as to whether or not mums are able to go to work, whether children get the best start in life,” he said. When asked whether Labor … Read More

Don’t Repeal School Kids Bonus

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The Council of Single Mothers and their Children (Victoria) implore both major parties to reconsider their decision to repeal the School Kids Bonus. Both Mr Turnbull and Mr Shorten made clear commitments to education during the leaders debate. However, somewhat hypocritically, both parties have agreed to remove the School Kids Bonus. The School Kids Bonus, a payment of $410 for primary school students & $820 for high school students, enables 1.3 million low income families buy the equipment, uniforms and shoes all students need be active members of their school communities. Media Contact Rose Ljubicic Ph: 0408 952 713

Day four of the election and the honours went to Melinda

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Melinda informed the Prime Minister that she is distressed by cuts to the Family Tax Benefit. The mum spoke to the Prime Minister as he did a walk through in Victoria. If the legislation becomes a reality, a sole parent family with one child over 13 years will lose approximately $2,500 per year and a sole parent with two children will lose approximately $3,000 per year. The news is worse for families with children older than 16 years, as all support will be abolished. Ironically these cuts will arrive at the most expensive time to raise children, and as families … Read More

2016 State Budget

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CSMC embraces the progressive budget handed down by the Andrews Labor Government last week. We gratefully acknowledge the governments commitment to addressing family violence, and supporting low income families. In brief, this budget will see: $148.3 million committed to the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund, which will help over 200,000 disadvantaged students receive these expensive but essential parts of an education. The expansion of a free uniform, shoes and books program run by State Schools’ Relief, so it can assist more than twice as many students every year. $81.3 million to support the work of the Royal Commission, and to … Read More

Federal Election 2016

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Given that 2016 is an election year, Council of Single Mothers and their Children would like to give all major political parties the opportunity to inform the votes of single mothers by sharing their policy responses with us. CSMC has written to the Greens, Labor, Liberal and National Parties with a questionnaire about policy relevant to single mothers and their children To date, only Labor has replied. You can read the full response below. An edited version will appear in the upcoming Scarlet Letter. CSMC will update this page as we receive more responses and more news with the release … Read More

Alex Girle: What A Current Affair didn’t tell you

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When Alex Girle invited reporter Ben McCormack from A Current Affair (ACA) into her home she did so openly, trusting he was there to tell her story with honesty and integrity and to report on her efforts to improve the life of her family. Alex allowed McCormack and his camera crew to spend two days following and filming her family, getting to know her and befriending her children. Watching the footage it’s clear Alex and her children felt comfortable with the reporter and were lulled into a false sense of safety. At one stage Alex’s disabled son sweetly pats McCormack … Read More

My child doesn’t want to go to visitation with the other parent. Do I have to force him?


Dara Isaacson As a family lawyer one of the most common questions that I get asked by my clients is what their obligations are when their child or children do not want to spend time with the other parent when the parents have separated. This is particularly concerning for parents when there are Court Orders in place which provide for the child to spend time with the parents. When faced with these issues one of the first questions that I ask is, what indicates to you that child X (let’s call him Lachlan for the purposes of this hypothetical) doesn’t … Read More