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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