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    Ellena*

    I’m a single mum who works part time. I have chronic health conditions + a 7yr old child with autism & a 18 month old toddler. Little family support and are quite isolated (even before COVID hit). Our rent was 50% of our fortnightly income. We were very financially stressed and living fortnight to fortnight. The extra $550 per fortnight has meant SO much to my family & has allowed me to receive medical treatment, I otherwise could not afford, as well as many other benefits. Here is our list of reasons to smile 😊

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    Janice, Markus & Nathan

    The extra money means that I can pay my rent, without skipping meals and stressing. We have kept warm this winter and made a veggie garden. One of my boys has food allergies, his health, his skin has been awesome. Plus our neighbour is elderly, a bit lonely and super kind. We share our home-grown veggies and herbs with her.

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    Leonie*

    Our Community Garden. The stress and isolation of never having enough money is overwhelming. I can now pay the bills and feed my children. We garden with our neighbours and the kids are making new friends. We had enough money to buy seedlings. It’s a new life, I’m not waking up from stress or crying in the shower. Not brave enough for my name but thank you! 🥰🥰🥰

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    Rosie

    I can now pay my bills on time and suffer less anxiety. I've also managed to get my brakes fixed and the many other things that had gone wrong, I saved up $2500 for these repairs, that's how bad a condition my vehicle was in. I have this van so that I can feel safe from homelessness, it's a home made camper van by myself.

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    Ruby

    $550 meant that when this little man, my therapy animal, got life threateningly ill with a liver infection, when we rushed him to the vet we didn't have to worry about payment plans, or vet pay, we could just pay his bill upfront and get him the treatment he needed.
    Without this payment I'd have lost my best friend. I'm so grateful that if it had to happen, it happened while I had the money to save him. ❤️

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    Shania*

    $550 has turned our house into a home. We are not forced to compromise who we live with just to cover cost. It was not always safe. I can put fuel in the car and make sure everyone has phone credit. It means not stressing about surviving so that I’m not worn down and able to deal psychologically with whatever the ex throws at me next. It means I’m less vulnerable psychologically, if you know what I mean. My garden is a place of joy and its ours.

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    Pippa*

    Our house will be warm this winter. With the extra $550 I have been able to pay for my son's private OT sessions, put some money towards my super and pay for heating.

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    Caitlin, Charlie, Will and Ruby

    Our house was once filled with fear, yelling and violence. Three years later, four failed attempts to leave and we are now free. This means that I can sleep, the kids are noisy and it’s wonderful. We have brought new blankets, warm clothes and can buy fresh food at the market. Honestly, I just feel rich. I didn’t think my life could be better. Then I got my grandma’s car. No longer used. The extra money has enabled me to register the car, tyres and repair the brakes. I’m going for my licence. Next goal is a job, I am at TAFE and doing a community certificate. I am 34, I have three beautiful, wise and healthy children. We are a team. I have watched this page but didn’t want to post until I had my learners. Please keep the page, I’m wanting to post my P’s.

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    Vashta

    I was able to buy a car to get to work. Nothing special, but enough to get me to and from work (casual, about 10 hours per week, 15 hours on a good week) without having to walk there and back again. The early release of super was what really made it possible, but the $550 definitely helped. Without it, I'd still be without a car.
    It has also enabled me to take time off work when I need to instead of being forced to choose between taking time off and not paying for food/medicine/rent/etc or going in sick and infecting other people.
    I'm hoping to save up enough by September to be able to move to somewhere with better job prospects. There's not much where I live. If I don't move, I'll likely be stuck in this same dead end job until the day I die (if I'm lucky, if I'm not lucky I'll be stuck on Centrelink payments until I die). It's still a risk moving, but $500 extra per fortnight would definitely provide a safety net in case things don't go well instead of just moving and hoping everything works out.
    It really does help alleviate some of the anxiety.
    Hell, it's nice to just be able to run the electric heater (because there's no other way to heat this house and it is FREEZING here) and keep warm and not worry about how much the electricity bill will be.

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    Michelle

    Car repair
    Groceries
    Kids winter clothing
    Bond for new rental and moving costs
    This has been a tremendous help and I'm not living on struggle street so much as their dad doesn't pay child support so this has helped us so very much. I don't want to go back and struggle just to pay bills and food etc

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    Amy

    I've been puting extra money on power, water, rent, gas, phone bills to get a head of them why i can. I can buy fresh fruit and veg for my son, pay school fees and buy my son new clothes that fit him properly becouse he will not stop growing lol. It has been a huge help and i am grateful for it i didn't choose to be a single mum struggling to find a job it just happened that way.

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    Janet

    It has helped me get on top of my bills

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    Louise

    Im a single mum with these two amazing kids. With hope there is happiness. Because of this extra money I am able to pay off debt and look towards a brighter future. Because of this extra help, my kids and I have the hope that we can keep our family home and live in it until the kids are old enough. Please consider the massive impact this money has on helping us single parent

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    Claire

    Fresh vegetables and car repairs. ☺️

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    Sammy

    Ive been able to get ahead on my rent and some bills and buy my daughter some warm clothing for the colder weather. Its been a great help and ensured the fridge isnt completely empty before the next payment!

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    Audrey*

    The supplement has changed the picture of our lives.
    We are older people and I can't work above 15 hrs for health reasons and hubby is long term unemployed with a number of disorders. Having suffered a bankruptcy and losing our home we were fortunate to get community housing and moved in with next to nothing.
    The extra $550 has allowed us to buy all second hand but beautiful furniture, we also brought blankets, lawn mower and a washing machine. We both had had hair cuts, new glasses, the car is back on the road and we have taken up study, I can watch my grands in the holiday and buy them lunch out.
    None of this would be possible without the stimulus and supplement.

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    Cordelia*

    $550 has helped me. I used to work full time then I went through family violence and became a single parent going through family court with a child being diagnosed on the spectrum.
    I now have nothing and can't seem to catch a break during these hard times. Our industry was affected first and I've been on leave without pay for almost 5 months. I have no idea if I will have a job to return to with how our industry is due to the effects of covid.
    This additional payment has helped me support myself and my young child and pay for legal bills for family court, general living and also pay for my child therapies whilst waiting for NDIS funding as they were recently diagnosed with ASD.

    When this finishes I will be struggling 😥

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    Lana*

    Love and care to our other family member who is also my son's therapy dog. They can now sleep in a warm room as the extra money has allowed me to buy blankets and a heater for his bedroom. We have warm clothes, there is food in the cupboards and a safe car on the road. ❤️

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    Olivia and Thomas

    Wish us luck, lessons can now begin. The car is fixed and we are on the road 🚙. A step closer to getting a job. Long time coming all thanks to the $550. Its is changing our world.

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    Eliana*

    Breathing space from the crippling legal fees. It cost money to recapture our freedom.

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    Mel

    Here is my refurbished iPad. I was able to afford it, along with textbooks so I could enrol in a course and reskill. It is also used by my school aged daughter for schoolwork.
    We've also been able to keep ourselves much warmer this winter.

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    Taigen

    First thing I bought was a new phone for myself, so I could actually do things(make calls, apply for jobs etc) I've had an iPhone 4 since, I can't even remember so I thought why not.
    Extra food, school clothes for my daughter, bills are less in debt, car rego is due so that will help.
    When I had a job, I started planning to purchase a business and I did, lost my job and that stopped. The Corona supplement has also helped with buying equipment, paying electricians etc in the hopes that I can finally get off Centrelink.

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    Peta

    Thanks to covid I could afford new clothes for my daughter and her own bed also could get the car a well needed service oh and to top it off it saved us from becoming homeless also I won't deny we treated ourselves to some pizza the other night the smile and confusion on my daughter's face was amazing 🤣

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    Sammy

    The supplement has helped my family so much. We got a much needed dryer. We got new tyres for the car. The old ones had gone through to the thread and was not safe with 2 toddlers in the car. And we have finally paid off our synergy bill so we are no longer threatened with them turning the power off and all the stress that comes with it. Has been such a fantastic help.

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    Jasmine

    I get no help from anyone. And the supplement really boosted my life and I've finally getting what I need, (driving lessons, schooling fees)

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    Chantell

    It has helped us keep our car, driving lessons for myself, keep our electricity on and be able to finally have a proper Christmas this year because I was able to finally pay off my medical bills

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    Char

    Please, please, please retain this payment or increase Job Seeker as this increase means my family does not have to live hand to mouth. Allowing Australian families who need financial support, equity and more importly dignity for young Australians. That is the children who are suffering due to insufficient financial support. I also paid my taxes for many many years why am I and my children treated as LESS THAN!

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    Lisa

    I was able to buy new tyres and not have to worry about what I would have to miss out on for the month ahead. Next fortnight I hope to get the car serviced too.
    I really hope it helps make the extra $550 more permanent.

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    Suzie

    Car rego, car insurance, car repairs, new 2nd hand microwave, winter clothing for my child, new winter blanket (last one was 20ish yrs old) with future payments I will get washing machine serviced and new seals put on my fridge. Both need to be replaced but unless I can replace with cheap 2nd hand then repairs are better than nothing, extra payments will stop soon. Vacuums also over 10 yrs old and needs replacing so if I can stretch it that far then i'll try. I do believe I've used the money very wisely. Scared of going back into poverty.

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    Jamial

    Car repairs. If I didn't have that those repairs would never happen.

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    Mair-Arwen

    I can’t exactly get a picture but it has really helped continue to pay the rent and household bills, buy healthier food and put fuel in the car without having to worry about which one you might have to forgo to stretch the budget.
    On top of that I’ve also been able to make improvements to the house and garden where I live that have been long overdue.

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    Samara

    Hello! I’ve been able to get my car fixed and some work clothes and shoes so that I will now be able to go back to work, and to pay off my childcare debt.
    I truly hope that the government chooses to keep the supplements coming or increase the rate permanently so we will no longer need to live in poverty and struggle to survive.

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    Karen

    Could fix my back tyres. Blew them whilst homeless and living in my truck.

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    Tam

    After a mild summer, not looking forward to another winter without heating. We have reverse cycle heating, but electricity is getting too expensive, so used it very sparingly. Grateful to have a gas option 🙏

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    Joanne

    New ( factory seconds) washing machine. Needed so badly and now the kids school clothes are clean for school. I also had my car fixed, so overdue.The kids are now getting warm winter clothing. I can now finally pay for the specialist (neurosurgeon) I need to see so badly. It’s been such a blessing to have the extra money coming in. It’s helped my family so much.

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    Hope

    Heating!! It's been 4 years!!!! The house will never be put back together but I have heating for my children that's all I care about. Bugger plaster and walls.

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    Sally*

    New tyres, we now have a working and safe car. It’s freezing in Melbourne and with Ms 3 year old and Mr 6 year old public transport was long, heavy and very cold 

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    Paula

    Some things are impossible to photograph. I've been able to keep my heater running and stay warn to reduce the pain and disability that winter usually brings. I've made small donations to others more in need than myself. I've paid back some debts, and bought some better quality food. All of this is good for me.

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