descriptionStereotyping single mothers is not new – its history, and how to challenge it

On 8 November, The Courier Mail wrote an article about Centrelink “cracking down” on “single mothers” who are allegedly under-reporting their earnings.[i] The usual stereotypes were deployed without alternative perspectives to balance the story. It began “Single mothers have been crying poor, but are raking in tens of thousands of dollars in welfare”. The stereotype of the […]

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descriptionBudget 2017 and why ‘A fair chance for every child’ still matters so much

The 2017 Federal Budget is a big improvement on the low-tide mark of Liberal’s awful 2014 budget; however, some measures will have a marked impact upon single mother families who are receiving welfare support. Others will affect all those with low and insecure incomes. Interestingly, few articles or discussions have considered the impact of these […]

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descriptionJust don’t tell them you’re a single mum – the advice I ignored

Fiona McUtchen shares her perspective on being a #proudsinglemother this International Women’s Day International Women’s Day holds special significance for me this year.  2017 being the 10-year anniversary of when I sat a panel interview for my first professional job as an Entry Level Organisational Psychologist with Chandler Macleod. The interview was held just one […]

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descriptionJust don’t tell them you’re a single mum – the advice I ignored

Fiona McUtchen shares her perspective on being a #proudsinglemother this International Women’s Day International Women’s Day holds special significance for me this year.  2017 being the 10-year anniversary of when I sat a panel interview for my first professional job as an Entry Level Organisational Psychologist with Chandler Macleod. The interview was held just one […]

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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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