BRAVE TOT: Finn Smith has had a dreadful ordeal and he and his parents will need help.
BRAVE TOT: Finn Smith has had a dreadful ordeal and he and his parents will need help. Warren Lynam

Finn's parents fear Centrelink will say no due to donations

THE parents of brave battler Finn Smith are worried Centrelink will use the generosity of the Sunshine Coast community to quash their claim for a carer's allowance.

Sarah and Jason Smith are anxiously waiting today for a decision on their new application after the original was rejected late last week.

Mrs Smith said Centrelink quizzed her about the $100,000 which people worldwide donated to Finn as he fought the deadly meningococcal disease.

The funds are in a bank in Finn's name and will be used for his expensive long-term medical needs.

"We have our fingers crossed. We just hope the money donated doesn't interfere with the claim." Mrs Smith said.

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"The generosity of the public has been amazing and we haven't touched a cent because that is for Finn because we know he will need a lot of things in the future.

"This money isn't for us to live off.

"If we don't get these payments, I'm not sure what we are going to do.

"Yesterday was the first time the donation money had come up because it's the first time we'd got to the stage of talking about assets with Centrelink."

The Smiths' battle with Centrelink for a carer's payment has gone all the way to Canberra following the Daily's front page story yesterday.

The Pacific Paradise parents of the little boy who touched the hearts of the Sunshine Coast spent yesterday filling out new forms and clarifying their situation with Centrelink.

While the Smiths fall under the Federal electorate of Fairfax, Member for Fisher Mal Brough instead stepped in yesterday to help the family.

Mr Brough understands part of the reason the initial application was rejected was because at the time of applying, Finn had not had his amputations.

Now the 14-month-old has had his right foot, right hand, left leg below the knee and parts of his left hand removed, the level of care has changed and the application would need to be altered.

Mr Brough applauded Human Services Minister Marise Payne for sending a welfare worker to the Smiths' house yesterday morning to guide them through a new application.

He said Ms Payne could not understand how the departmental staff denied the Smiths' application.

"From what I have heard and from what I know, I think these carer payments are warranted," Mr Brough said.

"The Minister has kept the appropriate pressure on the department to make sure this matter is dealt with, and on their advice I understand this matter will hopefully come to a conclusion by Friday afternoon."

Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer said he would take up the matter with the minister.


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