'Like in Mission Impossible': the Australian mum raising single parents' plight at UN

Juanita McLaren has urged better financial support for single mothers after experiencing poverty while raising her children

Juanita McLaren has good reason to remember 28 March 2017. That Tuesday, she and her three children had to vacate their rented flat in Melbourne. It was also her son’s birthday. He turned eight.

According to the government, it was cause to cut McLaren’s income support by about $170 a fortnight. She was out of work at the time so the change reduced her total income by about a quarter.

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