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Greens Support Single Mother Issues | July 29, 2010

In a strong show of support, the Greens have promised to back single mum policies all the way in the upcoming federal election.

In a reply to the National Council for Single Mothers and their Children, who sent policy questions relating to single mother issues to all major political parties, the Greens reply was strongly in favour of supporting current single mother issues.

Whilst it was pointed out that single mothers and their children were at higher risk of poverty, it was clarified that "poor outcomes are not a foregone conclusion if policy and support responses are well targeted".

The Greens have been stalwart in their support of single mothers, and were the only political party to speak out when single parent pensioners were excluded for the first time ever from a rise in the aged and disability support pension rates. They were also the only party who opposed the introduction of national income management laws.

The Greens opposed changes to Family Law that did not promote the best interests of the child, and in addition, those that made it difficult for women to raise concerns about domestic violence.

Major Greens policy points addressed in the response to the NCSMC included:

  • Poverty - a guaranteed adequate income for all, topped up with allowances and support for particular needs
  • Child Support - the winding back of the Welfare to Work scheme & also that CSA bears the risk of non-compliance by paying support up front and pursuing collection. In addition, that there should be closer monitoring of the over-estimation and under-achievement of shared care arrangements
  • Family Law - reversing the changes made to Family Law by the Howard Government, with a focus on guaranteeing women's safety
  • Affordable Housing - increase funding to promote schemes that enable single parents to purchase their own house, more affordable rental properties that to suit single parent families with a commitment to ensure that all social housing is energy efficient and close to public transport, employment and social support services
  • Social Inclusion - The Greens believe that all Australian children should have equal access to quality education and healthcare, a decent standard of living

You can find the Greens candidate for your area here

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What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the


are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.


plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a


or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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