Photo from the Telegraph of Mr & Mrs Ross Turner.
Enjoying the status of Canberra Ball for MP…
KERRY Davies is one of the single mothers John Howard decided to spare when he embarked on the first tranche of the welfare-to-work reforms.
Back then she was “grandfathered” and allowed to keep receiving her payment. Now, under Labor, she will lose her single-parent’s pension because her daughter is eight, the new cut-off age at which single mums will now be forced on to the dole.
In a radical change to the welfare regime, from January 1 all parenting payment recipients, who stayed on the payment under Mr Howard in 2006, will be assessed under the new rules.
It means next January, 72,000 of these parents will go on the dole. Overall, the change will affect 147,000 people.
The rules, which were leaked before the budget’s release, have been judged too harsh by Labor Left MPs.
Ms Davies rents a house in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs where she lives with her daughter, Aleda.” http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/treasury/lone-parent-loses-her-pension-there-goes-the-rent/story-fndbwnla-1226351404890 continuing:
She already works, and as a result receives only part of the single-parent’s pension. Working 20 hours a week in the community sector, she receives $130 a week from Centrelink in the form of a parenting payment.
She says she expects that amount to dramatically diminish now that she will be pushed on to the dole.
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Dr Ross Turner… omitted from original pic.