“Why was this not a key part of the report?” Siewert said. “It clearly shows a huge jump in robbery as well as other crimes. Instead the report brushes these stats aside, saying that break-ins were committed by juveniles and people from out of town.”
You never get to take full legal ownership of your legal entitlements. Instead they are directed elsewhere. Alan Tudge lies when saying you get the same money because you dont.
In The Saturday Paper this weekend there’s an editorial addressing the recent Centrelink scandals that, among other extreme dysfunctions, have seen the private data of two clients released to that publication, The Guardian, and The Canberra Times.
Money Myth 1: The purpose of taxes is to raise funds for government spending. Fact: 100% of government spending is done through the creation of new money. Taxes cannot fund the spending of sovereign governments – they simply remove some of the money that was already spent.
How did this happen? I’ve been getting asked a lot of questions about Centrelink recently. ‘Why is this happening?’ ‘What were they thinking?’ ‘How did they manage to cock this up so badly?’
Department of Human Services secretary Kathryn Campbell may deserve a medal of some sort for the way in which she has drawn most of the fire on to herself and away from her minister and her department over the Centrelink robo-debt debacle she has supervised and contributed to. Given her … Continue reading
Surveys show how persistent – and persistently wrong – beliefs about welfare spending can be John Hills’s acclaimed book Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us rests on a simple but seldom-made observation: much of the redistribution carried out by the British welfare state involves shifting … Continue reading
Governments hold enormous stores of personal information about us, much of it extracted from an unwilling populace under force of law. The social contract underlying this exchange is supposed to guarantee the information won’t be misused. By administrators. Or, more especially, by politicians seeking advantage, either because they’re slithering opportunists … Continue reading
One of Human Services Minister Alan Tudge ‘s justifications for his aggressive media pursuit of writer, blogger and single mother Andie Fox, is that Centrelink made numerous attempts to get in touch with her by phone and letter, and many of these attempts were unanswered.
BY MATTHEW BUTT Centrelink’s new online system to streamline the identification and recovery of overpayments detected through data-matching became fully operational in July last year. It automatically sends a letter to current or former social security recipients in cases where data-matching with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) showed that their … Continue reading