The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia continues to field distress calls from sole parents as legislation to shift them from the Parenting Payment onto the Newstart Allowance begins to bite into their weekly budgets.
Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon, will be addressing a rally outside Parliament House in Canberra at 11am tomorrow (February 5) as part of a national day of action for the parents, the majority of whom are women.
“We are now seeing the fallout from this legislation, which was supported by the major parties on the false basis that it encouraged workforce participation,” Dr Falzon said.
“Nothing could be further from the truth. Many of these women were already in paid work and were balancing the demands this involved. Now they have been simply pushed further into poverty.”
National President, Mr Anthony Thornton added: “This is precisely the kind of injustice that we need to not only talk about but actually do something about. It is a deeply unfair situation that cries out to be corrected.”
The St Vincent de Paul Society is calling for the decision to be reversed. The Society also supports the campaign to increase the Newstart Allowance by a minimum of $50 a week and strengthen support programs.
The Single Parents Action Group has organised for rallies to be held across the country tomorrow with the support of the National Council of Single Mothers and their Children, as well as the country’s peak welfare body, the Australian Council of Social Services.
For more information go to http://singleparentsactiongroup.org/
Dr Falzon will be available for interviews. Call 0400 845 492 to arrange an interview.