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Single Parent Welfare

Wednesday 10th October / presented by Ben Ainslie

The Federal Government announced in the most recent budget that welfare for single parents would be altered in the future. That time has arrived, with the Senate prepared to debate on new legislation next week.

If passed, 100 000 single parents will be forced on to Newstart Allowance, a form of welfare assistance that will provide them with between 60 and 100 dollars less a week.

A number of Australian community welfare groups have expressed outrage over this move, and have sent an urgent communication to the United Nations to intervene.

The National Council of Single Mothers and their Children are a leading force in trying to prevent this legislation change, and CEO Terese Edwards told us more.

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