AHRCentre Project Director Beth Goldblatt responds to single parent welfare cuts

United Nations human rights monitors have asked the Federal Government to justify its decision to cut welfare payments to single parents, reports ABC News. The Federal Government this year moved thousands of single parents onto the lower unemployment payment, Newstart, cutting their payments by up to $110 a week. Beth Goldblatt from the Australian Human Rights Centre responds to the welfare cuts and says the UN request is a wake-up call for the Federal Government. "The Government should take it seriously," Beth said. "They should be aware that it will be embarrassing and they should rethink the decision they've made around parenting payments in terms of their international human rights obligations." For more on this topic, follow the ABC's website page.