October 31, 2016

The Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter has again been exposed using misleading figures to try and justify harsh cuts to vulnerable Australians.

David Plunkett a former Department of Social Services official said Mr Porter’s calculation excluded $30,916 in family tax benefits that the parent working full-time would also receive, meaning that when ‘‘apples are compared with apples’’, the parent would receive $80,747 if working and $52,523 per year if not working.


Cassandra Goldie from ACOSS said that Mr Porter’s figures create “an incorrect and misleading impression that single parents are doing well on welfare. This is absolutely wrong.’’


It is completely wrong for Mr Porter to claim that a single parent earning a salary of about $45,000 would be better off not working. This parent would still receive family tax benefits to support their children.


Mr Porter has a terrible habit of using misleading data to suit his political argument.


Mr Porter used the example of a single parent family with four children aged between four and 13. But according to ABS data, around 4 per cent of single parents have four or more children.


Christian Porter must stop twisting numbers and misleading people to justify his cuts to vulnerable Australians.