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description2016 State Budget

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 […]

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descriptionFederal Election 2016

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 […]

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

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 […]

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descriptionMy 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 […]

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descriptionTackling housing unaffordability: a 10-point national plan

 Image courtesy of image catalog flickr cc Hal Pawson, UNSW Australia; Bill Randolph, UNSW Australia; Judith Yates, University of Sydney; Michael Darcy, University of Western Sydney; Nicole Gurran, University of Sydney; Peter Phibbs, University of Sydney, and Vivienne Milligan, UNSW Australia The widening cracks in Australia’s housing system can no longer be concealed. The extraordinary […]

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descriptionWe Need a Better World, Not Better Parents

BY ANNE FOY Photo credit: Chaiwat, FreeDigitalPhotos   It (Always) Takes Two is a Damning Sentiment Regarding Parenthood Every single parent knows what it’s like to be an outsider: It’s not just about the legal complications, outright social stigma, or the lack of inclusiveness in mainstream media; it’s in the little messages circulating back and […]

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descriptionHis Name is Man

By Tenar Dwyer and Kerry Davies   Three days before Man Haron Monis walked into the Lindt café in Martin Place and took 17 people hostage his conviction for using the Australian postal service to send threatening letters to war widows had been upheld in the high court. A violent predator with a history of […]

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descriptionSingle Mothers and the 2014 Victorian State Election

By Tenar Dwyer   With the Victorian state election just days away we are still waiting to hear back from both the Liberal and Labor parties on where they stand on issues affecting single mothers. CSMC has made numerous attempts at contacting members of both parties but getting a response has proved almost impossible. Last […]

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