Lone parent

It’s Not Just Newstart. Single Parents Are $271 per Fortnight Worse Off. Labor Needs an Overarching Welfare Review

Thirty years after Prime Minister Bob Hawke famously promised that by 1990 no Australian child would live in poverty, Bill Shorten has promised that, if… Read More ›

Does Child Support Reduce Lone Mother Poverty? Findings from an Australian Longitudinal Study

Lone mother poverty is a critical issue in Australia and elsewhere. One in five Australian families are headed by lone parents, and of these, most… Read More ›

Budget Forum 2017: Welfare Changes Stigmatise Recipients and Are Sitting on Shaky Ground

Some of the budget changes on welfare appear to be about sending the message that receiving welfare is undesirable. Whether these changes actually reduce social… Read More ›

“Them” and “Us”: The Enduring Power of Welfare Myths

John Hills’s acclaimed book Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us rests on a simple but seldom-made observation: much of the redistribution carried… Read More ›

An Interview with Professor Jane Millar, OBE

The financial hardship of poor working families represents a key policy challenge in many countries. Sue Regan interviews Jane Millar, Professor of Social Policy at… Read More ›