The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has congratulated the National Council of Single Mothers and their Children for highlighting the plight of single mothers struggling on Newstart.
The National Council of Single Mothers and their Children has produced a documentary of 10 mothers speaking about the struggle to put food on the table and keep a roof over their head on Newstart.
“Bringing up children is the most important job in the world and doing it as a single parent is as tough as it gets,’’ Mr Wilkie said.
“Single parents deserve support but instead governments have been stripping away the little help they get.
“They have the perennial difficulty of finding gainful employment between dropping the kids off at 9am and picking them up at 3pm—and when it comes to the parenting payment they have already taken a big hit with the reduction in the qualifying age of children from 16 to eight.
“But now they face cuts to family tax benefits, co-payments for seeing the doctor and getting their scripts filled, and even more to fill the tank in the car.
“What is going on here? Why are single parents, and in particular single mums, being singled out for even harsher treatment than the rest of the community?
“I urge the Prime Minister to take the time to watch these individual stories and increase support to single mothers so they can focus on their children.’’
The film will premiere in Adelaide tomorrow, July 25, at the Mercury Cinema at 6pm. For more information www.10storiesofsinglemothers.org.au