Toowoomba miracle mum ready for election campaign
ALYCE Nelligan was recovering from a ground-breaking birth just a few months ago, but now she's ready to unseat MP John McVeigh.
The Toowoomba disability advocate has been announced as the Greens candidate for Groom, ahead of an impending federal election this year.
Ms Nelligan, who has a muscle-wasting condition called minicore myopathy, became the first woman in Australia with the condition to successfully give birth.
She initially questioned whether to join the campaign, but found solace in her new daughter's good health.
"I was asking if I was going to be able to run after a high-risk pregnancy, or if Alessandra would have health issues," Ms Nelligan said.
"We're really fortunate that the gods have smiled on us, and we're ready to run.
"There's definitely no reason not to run now."
Ms Nelligan has been an outspoken critic of issues she has found within the National Disability Insurance Scheme, particularly around the level of choice and control participants have over their plans.
While reform in the NDIS would be a key policy if elected, Ms Nelligan said she also wanted to see changes to tax rates for the wealthy.
"Some companies pay no tax at all - we're going to rectify it. They're going to get a fair tax rate and they'll help fund services for people who can't afford to," she said.
"The cost of the NDIS or Medicare shouldn't just fall on us - it should be funded by people who can afford it."
Ms Nelligan also ran for the Greens in South Toowoomba at the last state election.