The Australian Government has abandoned part of the Australian population, single parents. Most single parents do not choose to raise their children on their own it is something that is thrust on them. The current Australian government in its policy of forcing single parents of children 8 years and above on to Newstart has again made a decision for these parents without taking into account the effect it will have.
Submissions by the Australian council of social services, charities and other welfare advocates were ignored when the government turned a deaf ear to their concerns even though the government were told there would be disastrous social consequences and hardships felt by the children of single parents effected by these changes. This Government abandoned those least able to defend themselves. By not listening to those who understand the problems they have left a section of our society with little ability to have its voice heard.
The former labor government and the new coalition Government has proved itself uncaring and according to (Bill Shorten) “heartless and out of touch” with the cost of modern living expecting single people to live on $35 per day let alone with children to support feed and educate. Ask yourself if this can be done so simply without public outcry, what section of Australian society will be attacked next. Will it be you, will you be the next one who finds that you can no longer afford the basics of living such as rent and food let alone provide an education for your child.
What we want is for the Government to be a Parliament that values the contribution parents provide to the future citizens of this country. To raise the base rate of Newstart for single parents that has a child under 16 in their care to the equivalent of Parenting Payment single. Make their job search requirements the same as for PPS and allow them full access to the job search network. Provide one free 6 month skills retraining course for any parent who wishes to apply. When a single parent finds employment outside the job network services pay them the same bonus paid to employment providers when they have held that position for 6 months.
I represent a group on Face book called "1,000,000 emails to Canberra against social injustice to single Parents" https://www.facebook.com/groups/403833689688456/ If you’re a single parent please sign this petition, If you believe that what has happened to single parents is wrong please sign this petition. Please visit our Face book page join our fight, we will be running an email campaign in the days before the first day of Parliament 2013 we will have a bulk email list for every sitting member of the Australian Parliament so you can tell your story or show your displeasure to the politicians so they can see we are not simply number to be shifted from page to page.
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Friends, I'd like you to meet Bianca
Thank you for supporting the 1,000,000 emails to Canberra campaign. In January this year the Government cut the Single Parent Payment from approximately 100,000 parents, 90% of them women.
Since then you signed my petition demanding the Government address the welfare of sole parents. You’re one of 2,808 amazing supporters.
This week, I decided to take things to the next level.
I’ve teamed up with The Parenthood to call on the Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, to take action.
Bianca, a sole parent of twin boys, aged eight used to rely on the Single Parent Payment - for her the government payment was 160 per week. Losing $160 per week is devastating - and has forced her to give up studying. Sadly, she is one of the lucky ones: so many parents are being forced to make decisions that no parent should have to, like choosing between paying rent or buying groceries for the week.
Will you join me and Bianca and sign the petition calling on Mr Andrews to give sole parents a new start?
It's distressing to know some of us are being forced to make decisions that no parent should have to, like choosing between paying rent or buying groceries for the week.
Take action with me and call on the Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, to take action now.
Despite acknowledging the vulnerability of sole parents and reportedly considering a review of welfare payments, Mr Andrews is yet to produce a plan after almost three months in office. Now is the chance to make our voice heard and demand Mr Andrews fix this needless crisis.
The plan is simple.
We're calling on Mr Andrews to:
1. Increase the support payment for sole parents by a minimum of $50/week.
2. Increase the earning capacity for sole parents on welfare with children over eight.
3. Index current welfare payments to movements in average earnings, as well as the CPI.
But we can’t do it alone. We need to show Mr Andrews that people across Australia endorse this plan to help lift sole parents and their kids from poverty.
Please take a moment to support our campaign now.
1,000,000 emails to Canberra against social injustice against single Parents