Sharing painful experience
GREENS candidates lent a sympathetic ear to concerned single parents from across Byron Shire when they gathered at Mullumbimby Gardens to share their stories.
It was an opportunity to discuss their experiences and challenges in working, raising kids and studying, while suffering recent changes to the single parent payment.
That was the hot topic of the day when they met Greens NSW Senate candidate Cate Faehrmann and Greens candidate for Richmond Dawn Walker to outline their grievances.
"Forcing sole parents onto Newstart will not tackle the problem of welfare dependency, in fact it will only push vulnerable families towards poverty," Ms Walker said.
"Local mothers have told me that they already have part-time jobs, yet they will still lose between $100 and $200 per fortnight due to these cuts.
"If elected, I will work to reverse these unacceptable cuts to single parent payments and increase Newstart by $50 per week to support people transitioning back to the workplace.
"One single mum told me today how disappointed she is in Labor's savage cuts to single parent payments."
One outcome of the meeting was the formation of a local Single Parents Action Group to advocate on behalf of single parents affected by the recent cuts and support an increase to the Newstart allowance.
To get involved, phone Donna on 0413 778 922.
Last Sunday's event followed a rally outside Brunswick Heads Centrelink office during the recent National Day of Action.