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    Anaya*

    Three weeks ago my partner became violent. This money has/is allowing me to leave and set up a safe new home for me and my three children. I have been able to breath a little easier, as I had to save for a new bond, advanced rent, moving costs and two full new school uniforms. I know I can get through this but I am already thinking how I can afford raising three children on my own after this COVID extra money ends.
    I don’t know where I would be or what I would have done without this payment.

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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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    Kaylene

    I can buy food, clothes for myself and my baby. I have even brought some toys. I can afford makeup for my makeup artistry diploma. It is the best course that I have ever done. I love this payment.

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    Rita

    This is what the extra money means to me. Because of the extra money, I can now afford sanitary items. Because of the extra money, today I was able to buy myself a new bra..something I haven’t been able to do for the last 2 years.

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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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    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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    Christine*

    550 has given myself and my two young children the opportunity to escape severe domestic violence, not only having enough to fill up the car to get away but also enough to purchase fresh food and needed medical items. I didn’t have to choose between our safety or food. This has been a life changer and also may of been a life saver. My children for the first time ever can have fresh food in a safe home surrounded by love. ❤️

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    Em

    I still fall short every fortnight despite paid work and receiving single parenting payment. After rent, bills, car payments - there isn’t much left over.

    The additional $550 has allowed me to purchase BRAND NEW clothing for my 2 year old for the first time.
    I also no longer require food vouchers to buy enough groceries.
    The feeling of being able to finally provide proper winter coats and boots for my toddler and knowing we both have full tummies everyday is beyond words.

    Thank you for creating this page, it has been very comforting knowing that I am not the only one who has fallen on hard times.

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    Angelica*

    Its the first time in 3 years that I don't have to choose between medication, medical appointments food or transport. I can also put fresh fruit in my shopping basket. I`m on Youth Allowance and really worried if the rate drops.

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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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    Rose*

    It's really nice to see my kids come home and eat without having to ration them. The extra money has enabled me to move out from a bad situation.
    I really hope this money will carry on (at least $400 per fortnight) so I can continue to provide for my kids, hopefully better my education, get a decent secure job and maybe start saving for a home deposit.

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    Mo

    We finally bought things at our local market. Strawberries, broccoli and a treat. Amazing!

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    Amy

    I’ve started my online course in Domestic Violence Support, a subject close to my heart, and my grocery shop is a joy compared to the stressful never enough cheap packaged ‘pov pastas’ jar sauces and 2 minute noodles. The best feeling was my daughter able to attend a friends movie party and not be too embarrassed to say we can’t come due to lack of funds. Her face 🥰.

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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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    Nikki

    To be able to do a good food shop each fortnight

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    Jo*

    No dumpster diving for food. Last night I took a picture of the bins, this is where I go. My mate took the pic as my camera is crap - we did it for you guys, and to tell everyone that this is a normal for me and lots of my mates.

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    Isabel

    I'm actually able to meet my mortgage payment for the fortnight and put payments on all bills. I was also able to buy new underwear as my old ones were threadbare and full of holes. I can buy fresh fruit and vegetables to eat every week and have been able to move and reestablish my vegetable patch so I have more fresh food, it was damaged in a fire 3 yrs ago. Before the supplement I was only able to pay one week of my mortgage each fortnight.

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    Tammie

    We lived in a house that I could not get warm and my daughter would cry because she was always cold. It got worse and we became homeless at the start of COVID. The Supplement and bonus saved us. It has put a roof over our head, we are warm and with less stress. We have gone to specialist appointments, doctors’ appointments and we can eat gluten free, lactose free food, fresh meat and vegetables and we have brought our medication. I am doing a TAFE course and there is a dishwasher.

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    Cassandra

    After four years of waiting out the public health system lm now able to have major dental work, and my kids have extra clothes and food in their bellies 😀

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    Sarah

    My cancer, the cost of treatment and the travel to the hospital, continuously leaves me broke. I have three beautiful children and I am fighting hard for them. I love them with all my heart. We got a chance to shop and cook together. This is our happy picture.

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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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    Julie

    I love it because I didn't need to go to Salvos, and all theses places non profit as well just to get food to hold me over until the next payment! I hate it when u go in to theses help place like salvos you have to wait around for ages sometimes and the old women are the worst old hags trouble makers and give u nothing at all I got no help from marion Salvos in Adelaide south Australia I give my concern government health care card that shows your on low income to get in the door for help and this last time she only gave me 1 loaf of bread and 1 milk and she suppose to give up th o $60 dollars worth of shopping I tapped this women from salvos gove over $ 400: 00 dollars of shopping to a women that volunteered part time there in the kitchen and I heard her say I to need this much or really want it the salvos women said just give it to one of your friends fuck them so that salvos women used my health card for the books and gave my shopping to this women that did even care to have the shopping..

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    Katherine

    I bought GLASSES so i can now see! I CAN FREAKING SEE WITH MY EYES!
    I also replaced my cookware which was so old the teflon was peeling off into our food.
    we spent some money to build up the garden to grow our own food as the supermarkets are SO EXPENSIVE. this will help ease the burden of grocery shopping.
    I also plan on buying a VACUUM cleaner for the first time in my life as opposed to borrowing my parents or friends. I'm 34.
    I got a massage for the first time in three years. I have a chronic spinal injury (herniated disk) so need this therapy often but can not afford it. My five free health care sessions are mostly used on Physio, which only helps some of the problem.
    I am honestly so scared of them returning the payments to their previous rate. I was constantly stressed, depressed, upset, angry, sick, and feeling worthless. I struggled to find meaning in my life, despite volunteering for my community. The constant barrage of "you're not trying hard enough, its your fault you're broke, get a job even though there are none or we'll cut you off payments, you bludger you're useless" is tough enough to withstand without only eating once a day, not being ably to buy new clothes or shoes, not being able to go out with your friends like a normal person, watch movies, upgrade or buy new tech to keep up with the world, etc etc etc.
    I'm very sad to had to come to this crisis to get to this point in welfare awareness, but on the other hand my mental health is the best its been in YEARS without the stress of having to choose between dinner and socks, or petrol and going to the beach

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    Melissa

    Corona virus supplement means I can afford ingredients to make foods I've never made before.

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    Millie*

    I can eat

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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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    Tamara*

    I was able to fill my fridge with delicious healthy food for my family

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