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Media Call Out

Single Mum Media Call Out

Seeking single mums affected by the recent Newstart changes

National TV Program | Posted 28 February 2013

Respond by - 15 March 2013 12:00PM

Hello, My name is Alice and I am a researcher for a National TV Program. Were looking for single mums to speak to about the effect of the recent changes to parenting payments. We're looking to speak to mums from all over Australia. Specifically we are looking for mums who:

  • Have a young child / young children and have recently moved on to Newstart
  • Or have a child/children turning eight this year and will therefore be moving onto Newstart soon
  • We would like to speak to both working and unemployed mums who are already doing it tough and feel that the move to Newstart has already had or will have a severe effect on their day to day life and that of their children
  • Wed like to speak to mums who can provide specific examples of things they have had to or will have to sacrifice as a result of the changes

We would like to speak to as many mums as possible so please dont hesitate to respond. If you would like to speak with me about your circumstances please reply using the form link below, and I will give you a call or send you an email. Many thanks, Alice.

DEADLINE - 15 March 2013 12:00PM

How to respond/register your interest in this Media Call-Out...

1. "Like" or "Tweet" this page (below)

2. Fill out the Media Call-Out Response form here by the above deadline date.

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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