Archive for May, 2002

Disability Support Pension Reform

In their 2002-2003 Federal Budget, the federal Government announced a reform of the eligibility criteria for the Disability Support Pension. These reforms will have significant impact on working adults with Down syndrome, lowering their income and benefits, and thus affecting their ability to lead an independent life.

Please read this article about how one individual, Lisa McKerlie, stands to lose out. Have a think about the impact these changes will make on her life.

If you agree that the changes seem unjust, please contact your local MP.�You can look them up here:

For further information, see the Down Syndrome Association of NSW web page and media release. Even if you just send off a quick email to your local MP pointing them to these web sites, you’ll be helping a group of people who really need it.

For those in the Gilmore electorate (from Kiama down to Durras North), here is Joanna Gash’s email address for your convenience: Joanna.Gash.MP@.aph.gov.au

May 25th, 2002

Born To Read

Grace and Megan attended the launch of Kiama Library’s “Born To Read” programme today. Grace was presented with a baby kit containing brochures, a bib and a book, by the Kiama Mayor Sandra McCarthy.

May 22nd, 2002

Luke Skywalker’s Birthday

Today is Luke Skywalker’s birthday! (May the Fourth…)

Megan, Grace and I travelled down to Huskisson today to catch up with Robyn, Ian and Todd, and also Joyce who was staying with them.

May 4th, 2002


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