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Woman's blue card win after trying to gas kids

A QUEENSLAND woman who attempted to gas herself and her three children has been allowed to get a Blue Card so she can complete a university degree.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal accepted the 43-year-old from Hervey Bay was at breaking point in September 2007 when the incident occurred, and ruled she had since turned her life around.

The tribunal heard the woman, known as JAK, had struggled with the suicide of a close friend in April 2007, followed two months later by the death of her father from cancer, then the death of an uncle.

Meanwhile, the woman's partner was facing criminal charges, and in August 2007 attempted to hang himself after an argument between the pair. JAK managed to cut him down while ringing emergency services.

"She then attempted CPR while waiting for the ambulance. He survived but she describes having 'never experienced fear or loneliness on the level that I did that day'," the QCAT judgement read.

Read full story at Brisbane Times

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