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Has the government declared war
on stay at home mums?

Morrison denies discrimination as mothers reject government reforms...

By Jason Bryce | 11 May 2015

Centrelink Family Tax Benefit Part B changes are coming

...single income families' Family Tax Benefits slashed

to pay for child care benefits for working parents

The government is facing a storm of criticism about its family support priorities.

The Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison, has denied that his new child care and family tax benefit policies discriminate against single parents or parents staying at home to care for kids.

"What do you have against stay at home mums?" Channel Nine's Lisa Wilkinson asked Morrison on the Today show.

"All mums work hard," said Morrison "Every single mum works hard."

"Two-thirds of families are double income now."

Two government senators have publicly objected to the proposed child care changes. Queensland LNP Senator Matt Canavan said he was disappointed there is nothing for parents who stay at home to care for children.

Terese Edwards, NCSMC
Terese Edwards, NCSMC

NSW National Party senator John Williams noted that stay at home parents would lose under this policy. Williams said there is nothing wrong with "parents rearing their children."

An online opinion poll by the National Council of Single Mothers and their Children has found 89 per cent of respondents don't like Morrison's proposals. Less than six per cent of the 138 survey participants said they agreed with Scott Morrison's policy proposals.

Morrison proposes that parents who stay at home to care for their kids and single income families will have their Family Tax Benefits slashed to pay for more generous child care benefits for working parents. And Paid Parental Leave will also be scaled back, costing 80,000 parents some or all of their government PPL payments.

Terese Edwards, Chief executive officer of the National Council of Single Mothers and their Children said she welcomes extra investment in child care but not when it is paid for "from the pockets of those who can least afford to lose a cent from their meagre weekly budget."

"We cannot support a proposition that could result in families losing their family payments," said Terese.

"How could a family rejoice in greater access to child care if they cannot afford to clothe, house or pay for the utilities to keep their child warm at night?"

Jason Bryce
Business & Finance Journalist

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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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