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Media Call Out

Single Parent Media Call Out

SBS Seeking single parents put on Newstart on January 1 2013

SBS TV News | Posted 04 March 2013

Respond by - 04 March 2013 4:30PM

SBS TV News would like to speak to a single parent who was put on the government's Newstart allowance on January 1st.

Specifically, we're looking for someone in Sydney, Melbourne or Canberra (Canberra would be preferable!)

We are flexible with identification - if they wish to only use their first name, we can accommodate that. Likewise, we can avoid showing their child/ren's face if they wish not to have their children identified. We would get shots of the child/ren, but we can film it so not to identify then.

This is for a television interview, so a camera crew would come to their house. We don't have to go inside - we can do the interview outside if that suits them. There will only be a few questions, and they will be nothing too personal.

DEADLINE - 04 March 2013 4:30PM

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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