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Diabetes: Parents win reprieve

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Ellen, May 24, 2011.

  1. Ellen

    Ellen Senior Member

    Oct 22, 2005

    Parents of children with type 1 diabetes met federal Families and Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin this week. MARCELLA DAVIE N48BL50
    THE Federal Government has met parents of children with type 1 diabetes following its controversial decision to axe their carer?s allowances.

    Minister for Families and Community Services Jenny Macklin met parents involved in Leader?s Save Our Children campaign to win back the allowances at Parliament House on Tuesday.

    Cranbourne mother Mairi-anne Macartney, whose allowance was cut for her 13-year-old daughter Tess in February, said it had been an ?eye-opener? for the minister.

    ?I said to her just imagine your child saying to you ?mummy please make sure I wake up in the morning alive?,? she said.

    The group presented the minster with a video and a scrapbook of stories written by the children about how they feel about their life with type 1 diabetes.

    Ms Macklin said the meeting, which was planned for 30 minutes but lasted almost an hour, gave her an insight into the issues families dealt with every day.

    The minister wanted to extend her review to axe the carers? allowance by a month but parents agreed to a two week-long extension, with a finding now expected on June 17.

    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation spokeswoman Tanya Stoianoff welcomed the decision.

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