The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will ask the Prime Minister the following in Question Time today. Please check against delivery.

“Prime Minister, a whistleblower tells me that from 1 July Centrelink will stop backdating payments to the intention to claim date.

“This is unacceptable because people needing Centrelink can initially be in crisis and unable to lodge the paperwork immediately, for example women fleeing domestic violence. And when they do the process can be convoluted with delays commonplace.

“This change would also appear to be illegal because section 13 of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 clearly intends that a person is taken to have made a claim when they first contact Centrelink.

“Prime Minister will you stop this unfair, unlawful and sneaky attack on the most vulnerable members of our community?”

WHEN: Approximately 2:15pm TODAY 19 June
WHERE: House of Representatives (watch live at
Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie