Despite his protest, a Far North man on hunger strike over Work and Income food grant policy says he is grateful for the help he has received from the agency.
Sam Kuha, who said he had not eaten since September 14, was a bushman and ran his own businesses until he was run over 20 years ago, losing a leg and the use of one arm.
Although he was determined to continue his hunger strike until Work and Income changed its policy, he was grateful for the help the agency had given him. And despite his humble living conditions, the 59-year-old said he was better off than many.
"I'm grateful for what I get, and I'm grateful the system's there. Compared to a lot of people I'm absolutely blessed. I've got heaps more than the average person. I have a house, a car, a four-wheel-drive buggy, and this great country to live in."
The messages of support and offers of help he had received had lifted his spirits, but some had also brought him sadness.
Many people had told him they had also run out of food and money and been refused a special needs grant, but they had children as well. Mr Kuha said his problems were small because he had only himself to feed.