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Costs mount after families lose out in budget

HIT HARD: Rockhampton mother-of-12 Linda Porter and her husband Mark (back row) are worried about what the federal budget will mean for their family, which includes twin sons Huxley and Saxxon (back) and Starlee, Havyn, Hallee, Taytum and Tander (front).
HIT HARD: Rockhampton mother-of-12 Linda Porter and her husband Mark (back row) are worried about what the federal budget will mean for their family, which includes twin sons Huxley and Saxxon (back) and Starlee, Havyn, Hallee, Taytum and Tander (front). Sharyn Oneill Roksmum

THEY say it's cheaper by the dozen, but not for this family.

Rockhampton mother-of-12 Linda Porter yesterday expressed her concerns after families were hit hard in the Federal Government's 2014 budget.

Cuts to family welfare benefits, petrol price rises and the introduction of a GP co-payment are just some of the challenges families are now facing.

"To tell the truth I am quite worried," Linda confessed.

Linda said she thought the $7 GP co-payment and the new ability of hospitals to charge patients who attend the emergency department with minor ailments were "ridiculous".

"In some case people don't have money," she said.

"What will they do? Turn them away? Sometimes you can't get in with your GP so you're sent to the hospital."

Linda said just last week she had to take three of her children to the emergency department.

Linda said while she does get some support from the government, once rent is paid and food is put on the table there wasn't much left.

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Topics:  budget 2014, family




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