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Get this @centrelink disaster.

Wife redundant Feb. OK severance payout.

Me redundant Mar. No payout, just final pay.

Wife puts in Jobseeker application, approved, assistance starts. OMG we might get through this.

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#australia #centrelink #auspol .@ServicesGovAU #jobseeker
My Jobseeker application gets processed end April. Because we're a couple all finances are shared, which means wife's Feb severance also gets associated with me. Because my application is new, that means the association between me and wife's Feb severance is new.

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That means it gets flagged as new income right now, which means I get denied for assistance until at least end of July.

That's not the bad bit.

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I am an Australian teacher. You will not by default practice #herdimmunity on me & my colleagues. Read "I’m an epidemiologist. When I heard about Britain’s ‘herd immunity’ coronavirus plan, I thought it was satire" by William Hanage theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
Catching #Covid19 still means you can get it again. Prof Kim Woo-Ju, Depart of Infectious Diseases at Korea University. He's done SARS, Swine Flu Pandemic, Ebola, & MERS. At 8.08 he calls those who have #Covid19 & get it again as having a "reactivation'.
There were no brawls over toilet paper in Taiwan b/c everyone felt safe. Teachers in Taiwan had a Pandemic Office providing PPEs for teachers & students & highly trained cleaners as well. In Australia some schools didn't have enough soap for students to wash their hands.
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Hi everyone

Another update from me on #Centrelink and employment service providers.

#COVID19Pandemic

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I know that it’s been a very stressful time for you all and I want to reassure people that my team and I are working to help fix system errors & raising issues with the Minister and Government as they arise as much as we can.

#Centrelink #COVID19Pandemic

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As you may know, income reporting has been suspended until Friday 3rd April meaning that people that were due to report their income THIS WEEK don't have to and will be paid automatically.

#Centrelink #COVID19Pandemic

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To every single person who didn't vote for a @billshortenmp
government: you're a bunch of utterly selfish morons.

I just sent his office an enquiry to find out if there is a new glitch at #Centrelink for those of us already on benefits as the system is showing that our benefits
are now suspended. 10 minutes after I sent that email BILL SHORTEN CALLED ME.

Let me repeat that for you:

BILL.
SHORTEN.
CALLED.
***ME***
Not a staffer. Not a recorded message. It was Bill Shorten himself. HIMSELF.

While I was in shocked fangirly tears, wondering if this was a joke, he assured me he would be looking into this immediately. The genuine empathy in his voice made me cry even more.
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AUWU is proud to be a founding signatory of the @InstituteGreen #NobodyLeftBehind campaign.

Here's what it's all about:

"These times call for extraordinary measures from governments to introduce a floor below which no one in our society can fall ..."
"... to assure all people that they will not be left behind, that they will be cared for and provided with necessities of life"

#NobodyLeftBehind
"As the long and dangerous queues at #Centrelink offices and the unmanageable demand on the MyGov website demonstrate, the current approach, even with these important shifts, is insufficient"

#NobodyLeftBehind
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An update from me on #Centrelink 👇

My office has been inundated with calls & emails this week from people on Centrelink payments who have not been able to use #MyGov or talk to a Centrelink team member due to the huge spike in people using Centrelink services.

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I know this is very stressful and that many people have either not been paid or had their payments cut off as a result.

#coronavirusaustralia #Centrelink

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Going into the weekend I want to reassure people that my team & I have spent this week following this up with the Minister who has informed me that staff are working to fix a systems error to ensure that people will be paid.

#coronavirusaustralia #Centrelink

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[Thread] If you haven’t heard about the #indue #cashlessdebitcard used for some #centrelink payments. Ohh boy. Strap yourself in, you’re in for a ride. The Liberal government have been “trailing” the card at 6 sites across Australia since 2016. #auspol #AuspolSoCorrupt
The sites are Ceduna, Kununurra, Wyndham, Goldfields, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay regions.
The idea is to ‘quarantine’ 80% of a persons payment onto the indue card. This is meant to stop a person from using their payment to buy alcohol, illicit drugs, make cash withdrawals or gamble. This is to “tackle” the scourges affecting communities.
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Imagine the social segregation of not being able to attend your best friend's 40th Birthday party because it's held in a restaurant that doesn't accept #indue #CashlessDebitCard
Imagine not being able to take your mum out on Mother's Day or dad on Farther's Day for lunch or dinner because local businesses aren't pre-registered for #CashlessDebitCard #indue
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.#Centrelink office visit lesson eleventy thousand: Do not cry, do not say that you are frustrated after 7 months of trying to get help for an ill family member. Even when you say it quietly & politely, you will be assessed as a threat, sat behind a glass screen separated from 1/
..the worker w/ a surveillance camera overhead. You’ll be told that this happened as “you’re upset”. Being treated as if you are a safety risk & a threat is intimidating and threatening. No raised voice, no discourtesy, no violence but you are threat.
...you will be a threat as your presence @Centrelink asks workers to be human in a system that is set up to dehumanise you and them. It’s no surprise that more people are homeless & killing themselves. It’s a despairing & hopeless system. #RaisetheRate
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Brewing off the coast of civil society: the projected track of #robodebt. Now note the underlying cost/benefit ratio: For 1 dollar of "direct" cost (there's other costs btw), at most 4 dollars of "debt" raised (not reassessed/recovered). But let's #rewindrobodebt a sec. Thread!
As you do, I dusted off my copy of DHS' Annual Report 2013-2014, p314. Let's look at the old data-matching system, which as the Ombo says was the same method but with less automation&more info gathering from employers. Look at the cost-benefit ratio here. Confusion costs.
I'm standing here on DHS' own preferred ground. These nrs exclude costs to CLCs, AAT, social impacts. I'm firmly of the belief that if people claim their rights, if they pursue #centrelink, the economics of this programme will collapse. A frontup, wide quality check makes sense
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The Government must suspend #robodebt during the legal challenge in the Federal Court #centrelink #auspol #greens

theguardian.com/australia-news…
Two years ago I chaired the senate inquiry into the #robodebt debacle and the evidence we heard was both devastating because of the human consequences and gobsmacking in the brazen way the Gov threw out fairness to pick on some of the most vulnerable people #auspol #greens
Since that senate inquiry the Government has tweaked around the edges, but it has not addressed the underlining unfairness of the program and people are still being harassed for money they do not owe and cannot pay #auspol #greens #robodebt #centrelink
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So #centrelink phonelines, the importance of correcting errors&debt repayment have been in the headlines. Well, on cue comes an AAT decision that takes all those issues, adds in a computer fail & unproven attacks on the recipient's character: austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdo… #notmydebt
The decision relates to a FTB and Schoolkids bonus overpayment in a complex family situation. The debt at its centre was born from a computer malfunction, accepted as such by Centrelink. Just how far was the woman affected by it driven to clear her debt (and sadly, her name?)
The fact #centrelink or let's face it, Serco, make an error is not currently a defence to a debt being recoverable. The law is entirely compatible and facilitative of Centrelink's incompetence. Instead Australians have to show that the debt is "solely" attributable to the error
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