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This year, somewhere in this 'lucky' country of ours, a mother named Lilly finally had enough money to make a birthday cake for her six-year-old son.
A woman named Angie could afford to buy her sister a takeaway coffee to celebrate the remission of her breast cancer.
Kay had the means to keep spare life-saving asthma medication on hand for her boys.
Hope could afford heating for the first time in four years.
J didn't have to go dumpster diving for food.
And C and her two young children could escape domestic violence, because she could afford petrol in the car, medical items, and fresh food. In 2020, for the first time in a long time, she didn't have to choose between safety and hunger.
The hidden numbers of domestic violence (Post continues below).
These Australians are all recipients of the $550 Coronavirus Supplement, a fortnightly boost to certain income support payments including JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, the Parenting Payment, and Sickness Allowance.