Thousands of Australian families will be worse off after the Senate passed a bill on Tuesday cutting Parenting Payments for single parents when their youngest child turns eight.
Single mother of two Jayne Garrod said the reduced payments would dissuade single parents from studying to improve employment prospects.
“It ends up a vicious cycle of poverty,” Ms Garrod said.
“[The government] should take a supportive rather than a punitive approach.”
Senator Bob Carr said the government understood parents need to balance family and workforce participation responsibilities.
“These changes provide parents with the right balance of support and incentives,” Mr Carr said.