Dear Prime Minister. I am a single mother putting herself through Uni, whilst fundraising for rare disease research to fix gaps in the system that you won't fix (i.e.:funding rare disease research). Yesterday I took my chronically ill child to the emergency department for chest pains. I did not even think about getting a parking ticket. I was more concerned with getting Nathan seen by a doctor. I got a fine, and usually I would just cop it on the chin and pay the $50-60! It was my fault. However, it is outrageous to charge me $1,000!! I then see the fine will be reduced to $200 if paid before 31/8. Happy to pay the fine but at a reasonable penalty! This experience highlighted a much bigger issue - that being any Australian having to fork out money for parking whilst tending to their loved ones in hospital. I am disgusted to hear from members of our community that people have been forced to tend to the meter in amongst operations, distressed family members, and even children's deaths! Why are we being charged for visiting a hospital. Families with sick family members are already severely disadvantaged. We do not go there by choice. As if life isn't hard enough. As an aside, I remember begging your department to fund a child's casting frame years ago so my son and other Aussie Kids could receive adequate treatment for his scoliosis. You refused. My family funded that for $40,000. I am scheduling a meeting with the minister of health to fight for FREE PARKING at hospitals so no more struggling Australian families have to deal with something so unfair and ludicrous as parking to be with sick loved ones. I will make this petition available on the Nathan project, and will work towards changing this revenue strategy, where you prey on families doing it tough. It is unethical and down right wrong to make money from sick kids! Please show your support. Power to the people. If Scotland can do it from public outcry, then so can we!! We won't stop until Aussies can be with their sick loved ones at Hospital at no cost. This is a fail.
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