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Thoughts?We can envisage a single parent running a good household in which their children flourish. If all single parents were like this, leaving them on the more generous parenting allowance would be good policy. A single parent who has to take work to survive will have a more complicated life, juggling home and work without the assistance of a partner.
But many single-parent households are not good places for children. The mothers are given to junk food, daytime TV and no-good boyfriends, who might develop designs on an adolescent daughter. The worst mothers are addicted to drugs and alcohol and under their influence neglect and abuse their children. Pru Goward, the New South Wales Family and Community Services minister, reported recently on cases in which babies had to be removed from their mother at birth to ensure they survived.
The number of reports of child abuse has grown enormously.
It is not often realised that these do not represent a wider spread of abuse. The same hardcore abusers are being reported again and again. Welfare is the economic underpinning of the regular abuse of children.