Newly single parent . Will be heavily relying on pps and family tax and rent assistance . My son is only 2 and I'm terrified of what will happen if I'm still single when pension is cut. I'm not in any position to earn enough to support us .
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13-05-2014 16:33 #31
13-05-2014 16:34 #32Senior Member
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Sort of, we get FTA, CCR, CCB and I get HECS, I worry about if they implement all the changes on or two wouldn't be that bad, but more than would be stressful. Not a deal breaker, we'd have to tighten our belts etc.
But really, I object to this on moral grounds, we should not be trying to emulate America - not at all. I think health and education are so important, they should be doing more not less. I believe in free health and education the healthier and more educated people are, the better off the whole country is. Profit healthcare and profit education doesn't work in America and it won't work here.
I also really hate the Libs selling all public assets of, it didn't work in the UK and won't work here!
13-05-2014 16:36 #33
Yes this will greatly affect my ability to pay for my son's therapies.
2 x speech therapy per fortnight = $180
2 x occupational therapy perfortnight = $160
Psychologist per fortnight = $50
Preschool for DS#2 per fortnight = $114
^ he NEEDS this in order to prepare for school next year or it'll will be so so bad for him.
Our OT has said that if i cook her sausages for dinner once a fortnight she will come to our house and work with my boys.
Thats honestly how PHUCKED this will be.
Speech will need to be cut down to one son and only one visit a month.
And scrap psych entirely.
13-05-2014 16:57 #34
We get ftb and carers.
It what we use to buy food, petrol and any other extras. So yes it will affect us big time.
My biggest worry at the moment is the Co payment for Dr's and pathology. I know it only $7 each ( at this stage) so that 14 per person. When you have six kids and a husband who need regular check ups that gets awful expensive quickly.
I worry we won't be able to the Dr when we need too.
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13-05-2014 17:04 #35
13-05-2014 17:05 #36
Unfortunately yes, I am on the disability support pension so this ridiculous new budget is going to be a huge issue.
It took 3 years of constant fights, interviews, mountains of paper work and extreme stress to get approved all because I have what is classified as a "rare" illness and centre links Dr's did not know what it was, so they deemed it obviously didn't exist even though my 42 specialists were all writing and calling them to explain they just did not want to know and refused to believe it because I look "normal"
I can't even explain how incredibly stressed I am right now at having to go through that process alllll over again.
I just wish they took the time to educate themselves about unusual and rare illnesses before they put me through the ringer once again!
I am ALL for weeding out the bludgers who fake things to get $$ but honestly I don't even think its possible that they could manage to get gov support when the ones who Desperately need it aren't getting it.
Its such a massive process to get approval when you are the real deal I just don't think there would be too many people approved in the first place that are fake?
Sorry! Rant over. lol
13-05-2014 17:10 #37Senior Member
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42 specialists - geez, I have 5 and I thought I had it bad! That is full on! I agree with you about centrelink making it really difficult for those who truly need it. As if it isn't stressful enough being chronically ill - but to have to fight tooth and nail for help Not good at all.
13-05-2014 17:14 #38Senior Member
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13-05-2014 17:16 #39
Yes, as DS2 has got older my dependency on welfare has increased. I always imagined once both my kids were in school life would be so much easier. I could work more and use oosh but nope, the reality of that came crashing down when DS2 was diagnosed with autism.
The school is unsupportive and won't accommodate him. He is frequently excluded and has to stay home so I need to look after him. We have plenty of specialist appointments to go to during the days. I tried oosh last year but they couldn't handle DS so for his own safety I had to take him out.
I can't imagine the situation is going to improve much in the future so the threat of reduced payments is terrifying.
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13-05-2014 17:21 #40
I am glad centrelinks being looked into as their are a lot of people getting payments that should/could be out working and prefer to be drunk on the streets and get paid for it... but I think its absolutely ridiculous that they started off re assessing the people on DSP as they are the ones who desperately need it!
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