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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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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description2014 Federal Budget targets those who can least afford it.

Last night the federal government delivered a Budget they insist is an essential remedy to the massive financial mess left to them by the previous Labor government. Regardless of whether this is true or not (and all evidence points to, not!) what is clear is most of the ‘heavy lifting’ the government says is needed to get […]

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