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Media Release

13 October 2005


The Nationals Member for Riverina Kay Hull today said an announcement from the Prime Minister of a package for the establishments of trusts for people with disabilities was wonderful news. Mrs Hull said this announcement comes after a great deal of hard work and lobbying to convince the Australian Government of the importance of private trusts for parents of people with disabilities. “I have been working for a number of years to convince the Government to establish trusts so parents of children with disabilities are able to provide for them into the future,” Mrs Hull said. “I have continued to raise this issue and the policy to address it in the Joint Party Room meetings in addition to sending the Prime Minister and Minister for Family and Community Services Senator Kay Patterson a copy of my policy, which was launched in September 2004. “The Prime Minister’s announcement addresses many of the issues I have raised and it will greatly assist many local parents in providing for their children’s future.” Mrs Hull said the $200 million package will assist parents of people with severe disabilities to establish private trusts for the future care of their children. From September 2006, parents or immediate family members of a person with a severe disability will be able to establish a private trust worth up to $500,000 without being affected by social security income tests and gifting rules. Income from the trust will not affect person’s disability support pension. “I am so very happy with this announcement and it gives me great confidence in my ongoing campaign to gain greater recognition and assistance for carers of people with disabilities and importantly for people with disabilities.” (End) For further information contact Katie Brunskill on 02 6921 4600 or 0428 214 600.