Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Economy

Lib attack on ‘insidious, undeserving poor’

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The Centrelink robot … see Kim Peart’s ‘Dawn of the Centrelink Robot’ HERE

The present Australian neo-Liberal government has a clear focus as to who their many enemies are.

It’s not just the past Labor government‘s deficit ( which the Liberals have now exceeded ) but also the ABC and above all, the poor.

But do not fear, to deal with the enemy of the “insidious, undeserving poor” they have the resources of the “Department of Human Services” plus their ex-back-slapping treasurer Joe Hockey and ex-refugee internment camp Commandant, Scott Morrison leading their attack.

For their fight they have an arsenal of armory including increased doctors’ fees for pensioners, reduced subsidies for medication, increased waiting time for eligibility for the dole, abolition of penalty rates and – just you wait – many more.

In April last, the right-wing government organised a robotized distribution of alleged over payment notices by Centrelink to some of the poor but this has now been trumped by a recent letter, informing Centrelink payment recipients that …

”The Department of Human Services has established Taskforce Integrity with the assistance of the Australian Federal Police,“ Our role is to detect people who are deliberately withholding or providing false information to dishonestly receive welfare payments. Taskforce Integrity is currently working in your community .”

WOW!

Not only that, on the letterhead are the emblems of the Australian Government, Centrelink and you guessed it, the emblem of the Australian Federal Police.

For those who remember a time where failure to report enemies of the state was punishable by death or internment in concentration camps, this letter heading appears as threatening as the German orders headed by the Eagle and Swastika during the German occupation.

Bad memories will be awakened by the notice on the bottom of the Centrelink letter where it states in highlighted and capital letters,

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE COMMITING WELFARE FRAUD

You can report suspected welfare fraud online at humanservices.gov.au/fraud

*Bob Lubout is a ‘climate refugee’ from Perth WA. He has been living in Penguin on the NW coast of Tasmania with his artist partner Sandra and their two dogs, Tessie and Winston since 2013. Bob’s work history includes owning his own TV/Electronic repair and maintenance business for many years and travelling all over the world servicing and installing analytical mining and industrial X-ray equipment. He went to Curtin University as a ‘mature age student’ where he gained a Bachelor of Education majoring in Sociology and Politics and then onto Murdoch University where he gained a Graduate Diploma of Science and Technology Policy. This led him to a career as a TAFE lecturer, teaching electronics, maths, science and aviation. Bob now enjoys spending his time researching and writing and flying around this beautiful part of the world in a small aircraft.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. John Hawkins

    August 5, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Taskforce Integrity….

    “Our role is to detect people who are deliberately witholding or providing false information to dishonestly receive welfare payments.”

    Does this power of investigation apply to Pollies who sit in the Senate by virtue of deliberately witholding or providing false information regarding their qualifications to hold a highly renumerated position?

    Ask Brandis!

    This will make a very good Greens election advertisment.

    What say you Senator Abetz?

  2. Lynne Newington

    August 5, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    The problem is, it’s an uneven playing field with all the fraudent dealings around the traps by politicians who can afford the best legals and the brotherhood to protect them..
    A little like another “governmental institution”…..

  3. Keith Antonysen

    August 5, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    The robo-dent letters displayed a Federal Minister completely out of his depth; shown through allowing the matter to fester.
    Now letters suggesting legal action could take place should Centrelink clients not do the right thing displays further ineptness.

    The question arises whether businesses suspected of tax cheating have been sent similar letters?
    Meanwhile, Ministers who have failed to declare assets get a very limp rap over the knuckles.

    Artificial intellenge is about to cut out many jobs, what policies for the future are being created; or, will there be a continuation of inept management and harassment.
    The hallmark of the LNP is to kick people when they are down.

  4. Chris

    August 5, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Dear Erica have you declared your capital gains tax liability ?

  5. Lynne Newington

    August 5, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    As I said with organisations. ….*ABC Tasmanian victims will die before they receive redress, estimated by Royal Commission to be 1,750…..

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-06/catholic-church-ballarat-diocese-abuse-compensation-claim/8766482

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