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Single moms take sex work after welfare cut

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 01/22/2013 @ 1:01 pm In Money,World | No Comments

(NEWS.com.au) — Opposition leader Tony Abbott says the best form of welfare is work and hopes “lurid” reports of single mothers resorting to prostitution to feed their families aren’t true.

A Brisbane brothel has said it has had about 20 applications from single mothers seeking work since payment cuts came in at the start of 2013, affecting 84,000 single parents.

Under the changes, single parents are being shifted from parenting payments onto the Newstart unemployment allowance when their youngest child turns eight years old, which means a drop in weekly income of between $60 to $100.


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