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Thousands of single parent families have been pushed into poverty after having their payments reduced under the welfare-to-work policies of successive governments. After 10 years the workforce participation rate for sole parents has barely improved and a former senior minister admits the policy is too harsh. Rachel Carbonell reports.

Government policies aimed at getting severely disadvantaged Australians into work are failing miserably and need an overhaul, a…

More research on disadvantaged working mothers. Where are the working fathers?