There have been reports over the weekend that single mothers whose welfare payments have been cut this month are turning to prostitution and stripping in order to make up the shortfall.
News Limited reported that brothels and strip clubs around Australia have reported a sudden rise in the number of single mums looking for work. They believe the rise in interest has come in the wake of the Federal Government’s changes to single parent support payments.
The changes saw up to 84,000 single parents (mostly women) moved to a ‘Newstart unemployment allowance’ when their youngest child turns eight.
Many of those parents said they would be worse off under the changes, receiving between $60 and $100 less a week.
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More than 90 per cent of school counsellors encounter “over-involved parents”.
A Queensland University of Technology survey has found children are so closely parented these days it’s affecting their life skills.
The survey of 130 school counsellors and psychologists found only eight per cent had never encountered ‘over parenting’ (also known as helicopter parenting).
Examples of the over parenting included “a parent cutting up a 10-year-old’s food, forbidding a 17-year-old to catch a train to school or confronting other parents about why their child was not invited to a classmate’s birthday party”.