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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Single mum hires billboard to protest against parenting cuts

26 April 2013

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has thrown her support behind a single mum from Melbourne who has hired a billboard in the Labor heartland of Preston to protest against the Government's cuts to parenting payments.

"The billboard highlights the fact that Government took more money from single parents than big mining companies through the mining tax when they tried to balance their books at the start of this year," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on families and community services said today.

"Rose Ljubicic has taken this action hoping that the Government will finally listen and improve conditions for single parents struggling to make ends meet.

"She has gone into debt for the sake of this campaign and is aiming to recoup the money through community crowd sourcing. It is an indictment on this Government that a single mum has felt it necessary to go this far.

"Many single parent families had their payments cut by between $60-130 per week in January and we know that some are now being forced to skip meals, go into debt, draw on the generosity of others or stop paying their bills.

"It is clear that the Government targeted single parents because they thought that it would be easier to take money from them than to fix the mining tax. They thought that single parents wouldn't be able to stand up for themselves - they obviously didn't think that they would come across people like Rose.

"In the last five months we've seen thousands of single parents around the country taking individual and collective action to protest against the cuts to parenting payments, but despite the large campaign the Government has refused to listen and the Coalition is still nowhere to be seen on this issue.

"The Greens have two bills before Parliament that would boost Newstart by $50 per week and provide a supplement of $40 per week to all single parents on the payment, which could be funded by fixing the mining tax.

"Everyone knows that single parents can't raise their children on such a low payment, but MPs from the older parties remain steadfast in their unwillingness to take meaningful action in Parliament. The May Budget is this Government's last chance to prove they genuinely care about vulnerable people," Senator Siewert concluded.

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