WESTBURY’SFabio Flamigni is in desperate need to see his mother as she lies on her deathbed in Rome.
AGONISING WAIT: Fabio Flamigni, of Westbury, is waiting desperately for his superannuation to be released so he can visit his dying mother. Picture: Paul Scambler
He is trying to sell his most valuable possession, his car, which even if he does willnot cover the cost of a plane ticket to her bedside.
As he speaks, heholds anold photograph of his mother and father in his shaking hands.
The photo was given to him by his mother 20 years ago when his father died and it has remained in his wallet ever since.
Mr Flamignireceived a call from his family a month ago that she had been diagnosed with an aggressive tumour in her lung and was dying.
He has no job,no money in the bank,andlives off $350 a fortnightafter rent and household bills
“It’s embarrassing at my age to have nothing,” he confides.
His superannuation fund holds$3000 which wouldbe able to reunite him with his motherthatremains out of his reach.
Mr Flamigni said his superannuation fund manager Sunsuper hadprevented him from accessing the money on hardship grounds because he does not meet their criteria.
It was the same story when he approached Centrelink to get a payment on compassionate grounds.
“My story is more than compassion –I’ve got my mum dying and I’ve got no help,” Mr Flamingi said.
After finding a fund manager that wouldallow the release, he must now waitanxiously for the paperwork to be approved so he can get on a plane by April 30 to farewell his motherin person.
“I want to see her before she gets to the stage where she doesn’t recognise me,” Mr Flamingi said.
“All I want what is mine so I can see my mum.”
He said he refuses to tell his mother about the situation, even after speaking with her by phone every day,fearing it will upset her.
But he is upset at the thought that she is left wondering why her eldest son is not by her side.
Mr Flamingisaid he wanted to encourage people to carefully check their superannuation fundclauses to ensure they could unlock their money when it was needed.
Mr Flamingni said he has received support from Greens Senator Nick McKim who had been regularly checking in on his progress.
Mr McKim said Mr Flamigni had a strong case for hardship relief.
“Any Australian whose mother was dying on the other side of the planet would expect to be able to use their own savings to go spend time with her,” he said.
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