Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson is continuing the Australian Greens campaign to reverse recent changes to the Newstart and Single Parent payments today through handing out fliers outside the Glenorchy Centrelink in conjunction with the Tasmanian Young Greens and Single Parents Action Group, SPAG.
More than 5000 fliers will be dropped across Tasmania today and during the coming days.
“The fliers explain that single parents have the highest rates of starting part-time work of all people on income support.
‘The biggest problem for many is not how to get a job but how to keep a job and still provide the best possible care for their family.
“People will also be delivering fliers today about the Single Parents Walk and Rally next Tuesday 5 February. People will meet at St David’s Park, Davey Street, Hobart at 10am and then march to the Parliament House lawns at Salamanca Place for an 11am rally.
“Many single parents struggle to balance part-time work with access to childcare and caring responsibilities. Pushing parents onto Newstart will not solve the bigger issues, like lack of flexible workplaces or affordable childcare.
“Single parents will now face even harder choices about how to provide the basics for their kids. Being on Newstart means finding a way to scrape an existence below the poverty line,” he continued.
On January 1 the Government moved some 84, 000 single parents from the parenting payment to the Newstart Allowance. That’s a cut of $60-$130 per week from an already over-stretched household budget.
“There’s understandably a lot of anxiety around this issue. Those presently on Newstart have to look up in order to see the poverty line. Imagine doing that while raising kids,” he concluded.