Young Rachael receives response from Prime Minister

BRAVE: Rachael Hamilton with her letter to Tony Abbott. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

BRAVE: Rachael Hamilton with her letter to Tony Abbott. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

CAMP HILL Primary School student Rachael Hamilton has received a response from Prime Minister Tony Abbott  after urging him to reconsider proposed GP co-payments and his asylum seeker policy.

Rachael, 10, wrote a letter to Mr Abbott late last month challenging him on the Federal Budget.

The letter received national attention after Opposition leader Bill Shorten shared the Bendigo Advertiser's report on his Facebook page.

Rachael's mum Bernadette Ward said the school received a letter from Mr Abbott, addressed to her daughter, on Wednesday.

Ms Ward read the letter out to the Bendigo Advertiser.

"Dear Rachael," Ms Ward said reading Mr Abbott's letter.

EXCITED: Rachael Hamilton with her letter from Tony Abbott. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

EXCITED: Rachael Hamilton with her letter from Tony Abbott. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

"Thank you for taking the time to write to me.

"One of the most enjoyable things about being Prime Minister is hearing from young people like yourself.

"I congratulate you on taking an interest in our system of government.

"We are a great country and a great people.

"One day it will be the responsibility of you and your generation to lead our country.

The Letter from the Prime Minister. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The Letter from the Prime Minister. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

"It says something positive about you that you were willing to take the time to write and share with me your thoughts about the issues that face our country.

"Our democracy truly rests on the idea that every individual counts and everyone can have his or her say on the issues that matter most to them.

"Thank you for your correspondence and I send you my best wishes."

Ms Ward said her daughter was excited to receive the letter but many of her questions remained unanswered.

"It's one of the standard letters I think," she said.

"It's what they roll out when they get things like this."

I congratulate you on taking an interest in our system of government. - Tony Abbott

Ms Ward said the publicity surrounding Rachael's letter had attracted both positive and negative reactions from members of the community.

"It did go pretty nuts," she said.

"We didn't expose her to any of the Facebook stuff."

Ms Ward said people needed to learn to put their name to their opinions and congratulated her daughter for standing up for her beliefs.

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