GAYL FOY and her daughter, Amber, spending some quality time together at a park in Casino yesterday
GAYL FOY and her daughter, Amber, spending some quality time together at a park in Casino yesterday

Carr lacks compassion, says Casino mother

By HELEN JACK

GAYL FOY is disgusted with NSW Premier Bob Carr.

"I am disgusted with his attitude. He is a man with no compassion," said Mrs Foy, of Casino.

Mrs Foy's daughter Amber, 30, has cerebral palsy and is forced to live in a nursing home because she is unable to secure a place in supported accommodation.

Present during Parliament question time, Mrs Foy said Opposition Leader John Brogden asked the Premier why Amber was still in a nursing home.

"And when Bob Carr did not answer the question I was livid," she said.

"I was shaking with rage.

"I wished I had got up and said 'I am Amber's mother, answer the question'."

Mrs Foy said Amber had been recommended for specialised disability accommodation.

"But every time it looks like she is about to receive the specialised accommodation she loses her spot because a disabled person who is homeless gets priority," she said.

Minister for Disability Services Carmel Tebbett said a nursing home was the most appropriate option available.

"Given her high support needs, the complex nature of her disability and her health conditions," she said.

Mrs Foy said she would keep plugging away in her campaign to find Amber appropriate accommodation.

"No-one this young deserves to be in an aged care facility," she said.

"I wonder what would happen if their children became disabled? Would they put them in a nursing home?"



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