Centrelink is there for the needy, sick and disadvantaged, and yet provides the worst service of any government agency.
The top level of management needs to be sacked immediately, along with their middle management that publish outrageously incorrect phone answering statistics.
Then, and I know this will cost us, but there needs to be a Royal Commission into the whole Department and the policies currently in place. It could easily be a case of the right people being tied up by stupid beaurocracy. Until such a public, complete investigation is done those most in need of help in our society will continue to be treated with disdain.
We should all be ashamed, especially the policy makers who make it so difficult for Centrelink staff to do their job, for treating our people so badly.
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To The Hon Christian Porter MP: Centrelink payments should take into account your net income, NOT your gross income.
Counting your gross income is plain crazy, as you don’t get to keep it all, you pay taxes! And yet your “support” from Centrelink is reduced by every GROSS dollar you earn.
Just another way to cut people’s benefits and save the government money so they can spend big on wasteful promises and gain votes!
You can sign the petition here at ChangeAUS.
You never know when your working life will end.
This time last year I was looking forward to the next stage of my career, now I am ill and will never go to work again.
I say this not for sympathy, as those close to me give me more than I deserve already, but to plead with you to act now on what you want to do, start that study, or knock on doors for that start you crave, or change careers NOW.
You have no idea how long you have, and regrets hurt far worse than all the “No’s” you’ll receive before you get your yes!
Go for it, or resign yourself to decades of regret, your choice.