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Single parents must not be left behind

The Australian Greens today called for the Government to include single parents in the pension increases foreshadowed for the Budget.

"If the Rudd Budget duds single parents, the Greens will take the Government on in the Senate," said Australian Greens spokesperson on Community Affairs, Senator Rachel Siewert.

"The Government's line that they are ‘robbing the rich to pay the poor' is in reality a very selective Robin Hood approach, with some of the people most in need missing out entirely.

"All pensioners and those on other income support payments deserve an increase to help them survive in economic hard times. There is not ‘deserving' and undeserving poor' - all people on income support are struggling to get by.

"With the financial crisis bearing down on us, now is the time for the Government to be looking after all of those who are most in need, not leaving some behind.

"By denying single parents an increase, they are condemning both them and their children to live in poverty.

"I never thought I'd see a Labor Government willingly do that," Senator Siewert said.

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