theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/may/14/working-mothers-say-cost-of-living-pressures-wont-be-eased-by-wage-rise-in-line-with-inflation-alone

Working mothers say cost of living pressures mean a 5.1% wage rise in line with inflation is the bare minimum they need

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Once a week, Melanie Kent places leftover money from her grocery shopping into an envelope to go towards a family trip at the end of the year. It used to be topped up by a healthy $30 a week, giving the kids something to look forward to.

Nowadays, she says she is lucky if she can spare $5.

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