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Life Matters International Women’s Day centenary event, 8 March

Women’s Business: all sorted?

Life Matters International Women’s Day centenary event
Eugene Goossens Hall – ABC Ultimo – 700 Harris St, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW 8 March 2011 | Be at ABC Ultimo by 8.30am

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ABC Radio National’s Life Matters presents Women’s Business: all sorted? a special International Women’s Day centenary event and live broadcast on Tuesday 8 March.

In 1911, the first International Women’s Day rallies were held campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. One hundred years later, women’s lives have been transformed.

Join the live audience as Richard Aedy hosts a forum, including special guests for a discussion on the achievements of the past hundred years, and the challenges remaining. Can women really have it all? The panel includes Professor Marie Bashir, the first woman to be appointed Governor of NSW, Hon Tanya Plibersek MP Minister for Human Services, Minister for Social Inclusion, Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia and former CEO of Westpac, New Zealand and the Bank of Melbourne, Miriam Lyons, Executive Director with the Centre for Policy Development and Kirstie Parker, editor of the Koori Mail.

Then join the panel and the Life Matters team for morning tea.

When: Tuesday 8 March. Be at ABC Ultimo by 8.30am. The live broadcast begins at 9.00am.

Where: Eugene Goossens Hall – ABC Ultimo – 700 Harris St, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW

Bookings: To register, use the form on the ABC website here or or call 02 83331433 (leave your name and contact number).

There is also a forum dedicated to this upcoming event in the Single Mother Forum for any online comments or discussions at the

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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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