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descriptionChristmas connections

Feeling the pressure? Parents often go into overdrive at Christmas, worrying about how many presents to buy and how much they should spend. They plan how to celebrate with food, gifts, decorations and how to mesh siblings, multiple sets of parents, all the kids and pets. In single parent families, the vibe is similar but […]

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descriptionThe stubborn poverty facing single mother families

The recently released ACOSS Poverty in Australia 2016 report tells us what we already know: lone parents, 84% of whom are single mothers, have the highest prevalence of poverty of all family types, and have done for long time. In fact, the report tells us that one third of lone parent families (34%) are living […]

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description‘Basics’ are the new luxury

Excerpt from the National Council of Single Mother’s Submission to The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill September 2016 Successive Governments have made decisions that have resulted in reducing the main income of sole parent families – the same families who are in the most need and would have an immediate benefit with a […]

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descriptionCuts to the Energy Supplement loom

Parliament will return on 12 September to debate the omnibus Bill with $6.1billion in spending cuts, most of which are backed by both the government and Labor. This includes removing the Energy Supplement for new recipients of Newstart and other benefits. People already receiving the Energy Supplement will continue to receive it – for now! The Energy Supplement of […]

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descriptionMicro-Aggressions and Single Mothers

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 […]

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descriptionLabor’s Child Care Policy

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 […]

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descriptionDon’t Repeal School Kids Bonus

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, […]

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