I was receiving parenting payment at the start of 2016, by the start of 2017 i started working a different shift which meant i could work more and stopped recieving parenting payments.
I completely support welfare and offering folk assistance when they need it, i was assessed as needing it and received the small amount i was entitled to at the time. When i no longer was eligable, i stopped claiming.
This is an entitlement, not a loan.
This has put unnecessary financial strain on myself, increasing my levels of stress and it's preventing me from contributing to the economy. This money could go towards a homeloan, a holiday, books for my daughter. Instead it is going back into the LNP's pocket and straight into their helicopter fund.
It is very difficult as a single mother to balance work and family life, having to take days off to look after. It seems an unneccesary financial strain put on myself when i was claiming for a benefit i needed at the time.
The Liberal Government is manipulating the welfare system to faciliticate what they perceive as economic growth. To think I didn't earn my welfare is not only false, but is moot.
Welfare exists to support people, it's not a privilege, it's a human right to have access to safe housing, education, healthcare and food. Privilege is flying to Geelong in a helicopter, waiving immigration laws so your friend's au pair can get in the country and reducing a person's tax bill to 0 so you can get reelected.