Injured woman says she drained super to survive while waiting years for disability support pension

Senate inquiry told Australia’s disability payment rules need to be ‘rewritten’ as people struggle for months before receiving support

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A woman left with no movement in her neck following a horrific fall was forced to drain her superannuation after being denied the disability support pension for two years, an inquiry has been told.

A Senate inquiry examining the purpose, intent and adequacy of the payment heard on Monday from people with lived experience of the process, welfare and disability advocates, as well as legal and health groups.

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