Civeena?s plight goes to national audience



DISABLED Mt Morgan resident Civeena Tattam and her gay "best mate'' Colin James Andersen have created a media frenzy after The Morning Bulletin reported on their distressing Centrelink situation last Saturday.

The pair are set to re-tell their story to a national audience after Channel Nine's A Current Affair contacted Ms Tattam yesterday for an interview.

The Sunday Mail is also chasing an interview with the troubled Mt Morgan pair.

Ms Tattam had her Centrelink disabled pension payments cut because of a perceived de facto relationship with Mr Andersen, who has publicly declared his homosexuality.

Ms Tattam said she was overwhelmed with the media's response to her situation.

"I feel relieved to know there are people out there who share my circumstances,'' she said.

"It's not only me, it's other people too who are in the situation where they need a way to voice their opinion.''

The woman was also distraught yesterday to discover Centrelink officials had questioned a former lover about their sexual relationship.

She said the Brisbane resident, refused to answer the questions and was offended by what he saw as an invasion of privacy.

The Mt Morgan mother said the news came the same day she received a letter from Centrelink informing her she owed $175 in back pay to the organisation.

Ms Tattam expects further news from Centrelink regarding her situation by the end of this week.



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