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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descriptionHILDA Report reveals the truth about child support

The 12th annual statistical report of the HILDA Survey was released yesterday. The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey is a longitudinal study started in 2001 that follows a representative group of Australian households. Media attention has focused on insights the data provides into significant economic shifts, such as those under 40 […]

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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 Victorian state election: where do the major parties stand on issues affecting women parenting alone?

The 2014 Victorian state election is bearing down on us and considering the current national political climate the outcome is likely to be close. Federally, with the LNP claiming victory in 2013, we saw an immediate, hard shift to the political right and a steady march toward policies and tough budget measures calculated to drive vulnerable Australians, […]

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