Australian Government attacking people with disabilities.
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The Australian Government has changed the points system for the impairment tables that they assess people to get the Disability Support Pension. The points were 5-10-15-20. now they are 5-10-20-30. Everyone who applies for the DSP. must score 20 points. My 29 yr old daughter has 2 heart conditions. She gets 5 points for that. Also she has a learning disability [is unable to read, write and has limited memory] she is assessed at table 7 and even though she fills the criteria for 8 of the 9 Questions, for a score of 20 she fails H [because she is not violent] She has been given a score of 10. In 2009 she was diagnosed with anxiety and depression but because she did not want to go on medication or see a psychologist that does not count. Now because Centrelink has taken over 8 months to do her review she has severe anxiety and depression. She has to take medication and see a psychologist. But that does not count either because it hasn;t been happening for long enough. So my daughter has only scored 15 points, has been denied the DSP and has to go on Newstart. I receive a part carers pension and allowance, i have worked part time for the last 18 years. The Australian Government has hit a new low by attacking our most vulnerable, people with disabilities, but they certainly know how to take care of themselves very well.
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