<p>When Carina Mammone checked her bank account to see her <a href=”https://www.9news.com.au/national/centrelink-coronavirus-supplement-australia-what-is-it-who-is-eligible-how-to-claim-more-questions-answered/5b47dda0-1d51-44de-960a-604b116e1216″ target=”” rel=”” title=”coronavirus supplement “>Coronavirus Supplement</a> payment had nearly halved, she was left with an unthinkable decision.</p>
When Carina Mammone checked her bank account to see her Coronavirus Supplement payment had nearly halved, she was left with an unthinkable decision.
For the 22-year-old Melbourne university student it meant a choice between eating three meals a day or focusing on her mental health.
Melbourne student Carina Mammone was left to choose between eating three meals a day and being able to see her psychologist after the Coronavirus Supplement was cut. (Supplied)
“It’s a really scary position to be in,” Ms Mammone told 9news.com.au
The Australian Government’s Coronavirus Supplement- which is available for people who receive eligible income support payments – was cut by almost half last month from $500 per fortnight to $250.
From 1 January 2021, the supplement will be axed completely.
Weeks on from the initial cuts and welfare recipients are already feeling the pinch.
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Since Ms Mammone moved out of her family home in Mildura, in northwest Victoria, four years ago to study she has received Youth Allowance and been financially independent.
“I’ve always been a pretty hard worker,” the Deakin University student said.
“So, to be in a position where I have to be desperate for money and being really smart about where it is going, it’s a whole different lifestyle for me.”
Carina Mammone, a full-time university student, normally works multiple casual jobs. (Supplied)
Before COVID-19 , Ms Mammone was working two casual jobs which she said was “more…
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