Rallies were held across Australia in a national day of action to protest against low-income single parents being moved from the Parent Payment Single welfare payment to the greatly reduced Newstart Allowance.
Just fewer than 100 people took part in the Sydney rally held in Martin Place at 11am.
Some people at the rally wore white T-shirts with handprints on to show their solidarity.
Alison Peters, Director, NSW Council of Social Services (NCOSS), speaks about the effects of the Newstart Allowance changes for single parents whose child turns eight.
Katrina Rae representing the Single Parents’ Action Group (SPAG), who is a working single mother of four teenage children speaks about her life before and after the changes to Newstart allowance on 1 January. She challenged some of the stereotypes that might be held regarding single parents.
Cate Faehrmann, NSW Greens Spokesperson for the Status of Women, speaks on the impact of the changes on single parents and outlines the position and actions being taken by the Greens in the Federal Parliament.