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Single Parents Newstart Protest Rally

National | Updated 21 January 2013

Single Parents Action Group Rally

Rally to protest government Parent Payment Single to Newstart Centrelink changes

Single Parent Rallies across Australia

Australian Single parents are uniting and marching on - or meeting at - Parliament Houses around Australia to protest low-income single parents being moved from the Parent Payment Single welfare payment to the greatly reduced Newstart Allowance.

This current policy reduces many Australian single parent family incomes significantly, forcing single parents and their children into poverty, regardless of if they are working already or not.

Australian single parent protest rallies are taking place around Australia on the national day of action - February 5 2013

Are you going? You can join the Single Mother Forum Facebook discussion page for the Feb 5 Rallies here

Check for your closest rally location below

Australian Capital Territory - ACT


Meet at: Old parliament house When: 9:30am, marching to parliament house, arriving 11am

Northern Territory - NT


Meet at: Parliament House When: 11AM SHARP

New South Wales - NSW


Meet at: Martin Place, Macquarie Street When: 11AM SHARP


Meet at: Centrelink office, King Street When: 9:30am, marching to Grierson's office to arrive 11AM SHARP After: Public meeting at Newcastle Trades Hall, Devonshire Land 11:30am

Queensland - QLD


Meet at: King George Square before marching to Parliament House, arriving 11AM SHARP

South Australian - SA


Meet at: Victoria Square When: 10am, then marching to Parliament house, arriving 11AM SHARP

Tasmania - TAS


Meet at: St Davids Park, Davey Street When: 10am, then marching to Parliament lawns arriving 11AM SHARP

Victoria - VIC


Meet at: Parliament House, Spring Street When: 11AM SHARP

Western Australia - WA


Meet at: Parliament House Harvest Terrace When: 11AM SHARP

Event contact information

Please direct any further enquiries for any of the above single parent rallies to event organiser Samantha Seymour here

Are you going? You can join the Single Mother Forum Facebook discussion page for the Feb 5 Rallies 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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