Crackdown on welfare fraud

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Thousands of Australian welfare recipients may find themselves the target of the Government’s new bid to wipe out welfare fraud.

As of 1 July, the Government has increased the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) capability to detect, investigate, deter and punish suspected welfare fraud. The initiative also includes improvements to automation of assessment procedures, better targeting of high risk areas and recovery of debts owed by welfare cheats.

Around 800,000 individuals currently receiving unemployment, disability or pension benefits, who are under suspicion of providing misleading information about their incomes, will come under increased scrutiny.

The Government expects to recoup about $1.7 billion from thousands of welfare cheats courtesy of the DHS’s extended fraud detection powers and changes such as:

  • Cease payments to jobseekers who don’t follow the rules and conditions aligned with receiving Centrelink benefits.
  • Welfare recipients will no longer be able to use payments to lease TVs, fridges or other goods under an indefinite or short-term contract of less than four months.
  • Parents earning more than $100,000 (reduced from $150,000) will no longer be eligible for the Family Tax Benefit Part B payment.

It is hoped that the new fraud detection capabilities will strengthen the integrity of Australia’s welfare system to make it more sustainable and provide better support for those who need it most.

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Opinion: A fairer system for all

The Government’s effort to reduce the amount of welfare fraud throughout the system is commendable. After all, why should those who don’t follow the rules be allowed to continue to receive welfare benefits?

However, this effort will only be of benefit if the money recovered is then put back into the Treasury’s coffers and used to ensure the protection of pensions and benefits for those who truly need it most.

Anyone who has had experience dealing with Centrelink will surely welcome any improvements to the welfare system. The increase in fraud detection powers is but a small part of what the Government is trying to do to improve the fairness of benefits.

I wonder, however, could similar efforts be applied to chasing down corporate tax fraud and avoidance? Surely tracking down and recouping the money that should be paid to Australia by offending multinationals far outweighs the paltry savings which these DHS initiatives may produce and which would significantly further help the budget out of its precarious state. 

In 2015/16, the Government will spend an estimated $154 billion on welfare – that’s 35 per cent of total Government expenditure. The action being undertaken to reduce welfare fraud is hoped to recoup around $1.7 billion over the next four years (i.e. around 1.1 per cent of total expenditure divided by four years). With an initial investment of $60 million, and who knows how much more further down the track, the return on investment is not exactly flattering. 

It would be interesting to see how much more the Government could prop up our ailing bottom line by applying the same pressure to multinationals. After all, it could be said that these big companies are also enjoying the benefits of Government welfare.

What do you think? Are you happy that the Government is trying to reduce welfare fraud? Will this new crackdown affect you? Do you think the Government’s priorities are wrong and that the big end of town should be targeted first?

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    A good article.
    There would be many many Australians who are sick of it. Only last week we had the next smirking woman gloating about how she can make more money from unemployment benefits than working. So how long has this attitude been rolling along!
    Every decent Australian would welcome a REAL shakeup in the social security system. When one looks at the annual welfare bill and the growth in the large cohort of bludgers it is clear that the country cannot, and should not, pay for this Greek look alike lifestyle.
    The only place I take issue with the large pool of money which can be saved is HOW it will be spent. Will this government add to the $8 billion annual handout it has given to the fossil fuel industry? Will it reduce tax rates for its rich mates and hand them the money? I think that that the author of this article is being rather naive to think that retirees are going to see one red cent. The scene has already been set for this end of society and expect to see more attacks as with the rest of average Australians.
    We live in interesting times.

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      Do you honestly believe this woman had received so much welfare? Have a look at the Centrelink website and it will prove she is a liar.

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      The program gave the breakdown. I think that the reporters have this one right and have not even included rent subsidies, free travel and all of the other add-ons which turn this sort of crooked behaviour into a lucrative lifestyle.

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      Mick for heaven’s sake. That interview was a bit of media theatre to satisfy the titillation of viewers. The person interviewed was an idiot and hardly representative of welfare recipients. This is politics of envy that you are demonstrating which I find disgusting and ill informed. I volunteer in the area and can assure you the vast majority are in need of a safety net or they would rot in the gutter.

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      What free travel? Doesn’t rent go to the landlord? That would make landlords welfare recipients too. You can hardly turn $725.40 a fortnight into $1000 a week.

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      When you cook the figures maelcolium you end up with egg on your face. I leave you to watch the interview online and then check the figures and report back. Seriously…the reporters would not invent the figures. If so then they would be caught out by MediaWatch and that is not where any of the big media outlets want to end up.
      Whilst we will agree that there are genuine welfare recipients there are many who are not. You will read this from posters on this website. I have seen them from personal experience. And if there are some…then there would be a lot more.
      I agree with you about the media beat up. The media normally picks an extreme example to make a point. But remember also that sick flicks like Housos came from somewhere and despite rolling every bad trait into one production the conduct of some of our wonderful welfare recipients is without question spot on. If not then how could the shock jocks just keep coming up with the video.
      As always I feel sorry for the genuine recipients. The problem is that I suspect, as do others, that there may be a lot less ‘genuine’ recipients than some people think.

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      Mick, you are spot on. As you said, the program gave the breakdown of figures – family payment parts A & B, Single parent benefit & carers allowance – total of nearly $1900.00 per fortnight.

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    Yes do both cut and prosecute those who are cheating on welfare and also have a real go at some of these Multi-nationals that are transferring profits elsewhere and not paying the correct amount of tax.

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      Agreed robbo and also have a crack at the overpaid politicians who are rorting the system with travel allowances, gold cards. accommodation allowances, inflated expenses, conflicts of interest etc. Remember the expose’ on mafia links to politicians? Isn’t it surprising how quiet things have gone since that revelation?

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      Tony Abbott’s salary is higher than the rest of the world’s leaders. http://www.paywizard.org/main/salary/vip-check/world-leaders-salaries

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      Yeh Jackie and his pay is a tiny fraction of what the bosses of Australia Post and Centrelink get. Go check it out.
      Also those 2 sit in their office all day playing games on their computer. Tony Abbott at least gets off his arse and is on TV somewhere most days.

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      Check out the salaries of CO’S in local govt. The CEO of Whitehorse receives more than $500k per year.

      The multi nationals and top end of town need to be investigated as well.

      However I suppose that the aged will once again be screwed.

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      Young Simmo, I see you don’t mind Tony Abbott working so hard at ripping you off and selling off the country to foreign ownership. Ha ha

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    A long time ago, being so tired of welfare cheats, I left notations of such on the desk of our local Centrelink, doing it as I left the desk, on this notation were details of people who knowingly were cheating the system, or I suspected such, that was over 2 years ago, and those same cheats are still at it and never been contacted by Centrelink; so, is Centrelink or their staff serious about catching the cheats, I think not! I can only surmise those notations went straight into the bin, so I ask, what is the point in asking people to dob cheats in as when they do, nothing happens?

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      Easier to do nothing. More job security with doing nothing. That is a huge problem with those in positions of power: they get on by back slapping and not rocking the boat. In the meantime the country’s viability continues to slide.

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      maybe your intentions were honourable but perhaps you would have been better served by going through the proper procedure on the DHS website http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/information/fraud-and-security

      leaving a post-it note on the desk of an already overworked & stressed-out employee with no other details is hardly the best way to achieve your desired outcomes.

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      Sheesh greatgolly. Has our society come to this? Let’s all dob in our neighbours because we THINK they are welfare cheats. Seriously?

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      i agree with you, i know people of the carers benefits, that live 2hrs away from the person they are caring for, and they do not go and see them or help them in any way and yet centrelink continues to allow this. yrs ago my son was working partime and on centrelink at no time was he allowed to work on the days that he had an appointment with centrelink. he was expected to say no to his shifts. and threatened to be taken of centrelink. in the end he had enough and told them where to go. they do not want or encourage people to work.

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      Precisely how did you/do you go about determining that these people are cheating?

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      Greatgolly

      2 years ago the Government would not have cared if there was fraudelence in welfare nor would have DHS website http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/information/fraud-and-security existed.

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    Cracking down on people who are cheating the Australian taxpayers is a step in the right direction. I am sure there are welfare cheats but given the publicity over recent times over tax avoidance and the fact the the ATO has suffered funding cuts impeding their ability to track down tax cheats one does question where this governments priorities lie.
    The ATO have clearly stated that their audit section showed a very handsome return on their activities but that has been damaged due to cutbacks.
    Whose side is Tony Abbott on? If I may pinch a phrase.
    Doesn’t appear to be the ordinary Australians.

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      The tax office goes mainly goes after the small fry who do not use lawyers to defend themselves. The occasional rich person is pursued but I often wonder if this is show more than anything else. As we saw from the senate grilling of the very rich pharmaceutical industry they all gave the same response: they were working within the laws. In the end it is the fault of laws which allow the rich to legally avoid their tax responsibilities. What one has to ask is WHY has this never been fixed? Is it the same reason why the superannuation tax shelter set up for the benefit of the rich has also never been fixed? Probably so!

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      I am a former ATO employee & believe me the ATO does go the largest corporations in Aust, but the thing is these matters are usually settled and the public never gets to know about it because of the ATO’s secrecy & privacy laws and the companies don’t want reputational risk. The public only gets to hear about it when it gets to court & into the public domain, eg Paul Hogan & various other corporations over the years.

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      I take your point. But how many of the top 200 companies does the ATO get?

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      mick we all know the answer to that and what politicians get away with.

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    I don’t believe there are many who fit this description, though I agree there are some. I believe the savings will be small but should be stopped. But I believe, this will be another way of denigrating those on welfare, a favourite pastime of this Government. Meanwhile the PM who denigrated Julia Gillard for spending $66,000 on The Lodge, is now spending $8.8 million on The Lodge. And God knows how much on this latest border army. And today, $274 million to redevelop RAAF Base Williamtown. There is always money for security and war. But not for the 70 Australian women who die at the hands of domestic terrorists every year in Australia. We are ruled by lunatics and the Labor party aren’t much better.

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      Mick, my conscience has prevented me voting for either of the two major parties, for many elections. Neither has the best interests of Australians at heart.

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      So vote for an INDEPENDENT…and talk to your friends about why this is so important. The way to change bad government is to not keep doing the same thing

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      You are so right. Sadly the general public has been brainwashed by both sides of politics that Independents have no power and are a wasted vote. The problem is not that we have too many Independents. It is that we still have too few.
      There is a big change around the world with populations everywhere growing increasingly tired of misgovernment.
      Mainstream politics is running anti-independent scare campaigns with both sides fearing what will happen when the public gets a taste of responsible real government. But it needs people to come on board and more importantly to discuss with their network why we need a change.
      Thanks for doing your bit.

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      So mick, your idea for a better world is to vote “Independent” and preference Labor? What difference will that make?
      More boats,
      More waste,
      More taxes,
      Greater power to Woollies & Coles,
      More welfare for those who don’t need it,
      Lowering of border security,
      Regaining our laughing stock status Globally,
      More pressure on small business,
      More waste,
      More crocodile tears from government ministers,
      Higher $ exchange rate,
      Less foreign investment,
      More waste,
      Higher cost of living,
      More sovereign debt,
      Bigger government,
      more public servants,
      more waste,
      I could go on but I’m running out of ink.

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      governments don’t run countries, corporations & wealthy individuals do, governments just pay lip service to the voting public – and as Ronald Reagan famously once said, politicians are like nappies, they both need to be changed regularly & for the exact same reasons!!!

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      Why does your response not surprise me Frank. Being a government paid troll is always going to get the same response.
      Both sides of politics are dead scared that voters will vote in Independents. Why? Simple: because voters would soon see that Independents are not owned by business on the one side and unions on the other. And if you want to push the point then I need to say that unions, whilst not perfect, at the very least are employed to look after their members whilst the big end of town is after money FOR ITSELF ALONE. That is the difference my friend and you know it! Again: VOTE FOR AN INDEPENDENT AND GET REAL GOVERNMENT, but make sure the preference does not go to the LNP. The only caveat on this advice is to be careful as some candidates calling themselves ‘Independents’ appear to have been set up by this government so that votes flow through to it. ASK AT THE POLLING STATION OR RING UP AND ASK BEFORE VOTING!!

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      Gerry: I am glad that there are a few of us who understand the game.

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      i agree no money for the taxpayers but plenty for the govts wants and waste

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      “I could go on but I’m running out of ink.” Probably just as well Frank, because what you wrote is such a load of old codswallop. Just because the LNP say things, doesn’t make it true. We’re not that silly, Frank. Almost the opposite of what you said is true. And I’m not a Labor voter.

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    No wonder there is welfare fraud with Centrelink allowing people to use other peoples addresses to receive mail. We had a property where mail was received for people who did not or have never lived at the property from Centrelink. We advised Centrelink but mail kept coming. All the people needed was an address to receive mail and was a definate fraud

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      I agree Leo. Those fraudsters would have been working full time just collecting stimulus cheques from the previous government.

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      Another paid advertisement Frank?

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      Honestly Frank, what rot you spout. Let’s try to stick to some facts please. I’m beginning to think Mick’s correct in his assessment of you.

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      I’m certainly uncovering a few of you rusted on Laborites. Looks like your idol Bill Shorten has 2 main policies. More welfare for those who don’t really need it, even if it means raising taxes to pay for it. Plus gay marriage, even if it means many heterosexual marrieds will divorce.

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      Gosh, it never stops coming, this rubbish.

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      Yeah Jen. You’ll only see anti Labor posts from Frank. No facts. Just lies, vitriol and propaganda…..the same stuff you see from this government. No surprise!

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      I don’t mind the vitriol but I think we’ve all had enough of the lies.

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      Ooh – the deep undercover spy syndrome… uncovering those nasty Reds under the beds….

      On the subject – as usual there will be a hue and cry throughout the land, and when all the bulldust has settled we will hear glorious trumpeting from the government that is SAVED the taxpayer (we’re all taxpayers) xx.xx Bill-Yun dollahs! In the fine print on page 20 – underneath the nude centrefold of Julie Bishop will be a tiny notation that those ‘caught’ actually got back – you guessed it …..xx.xx Bill-Yun Dollahs minus about xx grand…… heaps less than the cost of this propaganda exercise.

      Historically a massive proportion of ‘rorters’ get their benefit back in full on appeal.

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      All eyes on A Current Today for more startling expose`s of rorting…..

      Look at this man climbing on this truck… he gets unemployment benefit, disability pension and a carer pension for a mother he never even sees except to ‘borrow’ money from her meagre Aged Pension to feed his habits .. money that he NEVAH returns!!

      (cut to bag camera and creep music with bo-bomp, bo-bomp as Joe Rorta walks through a supermarket and buys groceries.. watch out! He might pocket something!! Never know!)

      (cut to an expert, who names no names, but speaks generalities that sound significant and allow every viewer to assume she is talking about Joe Rorta when she is doing no such thing, but is making a general statement)…

      “It’s a serious problem when someone sneaks through the social security system, and ends up getting something to which they have no entitlement. These things can cost the public purse BILLIONS if they ever happen!”

      You get the gist….

      (cue Fat Hank from Colonel C’Link);-

      “Our staff are always on the lookout for anomolies, and I can assure you that every rorter will be caught.. not if, but when! The exact situation of someone allegedly receiving three payments from centrelink is being looked at right now, and appropriate action will be taken if necessary.”

      (more generalisation but the viewer assumes Joe Rorta is headed for the high jump.. never happen… turns out he was on Nostart, then went on DSP, and his sister gets carers allowance, and he did borrow $50 to pay his gas bill once from Mum, and goes back occasionally to see her and take her groceries.. but never let facts get in the way of a good story…)

      I could write this stuff for a living….

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      Better to publicise the problem rather than hope that it will go away. But in the end you only fix any problem like this by not being nice about it….
      o matter which level of the social the rorters stand on.

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    Fair enough. but the Welfare for the Multinationals far outstrips the welfare for the taxpayer who is paying for both. Time to hit the Multinationals and for all the doomsayers if they leave let them some one else will take there place god forbid the Government could even invest in Australia.

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      Kato, for all those who say we cannot pursue the big miners to pay their proper level of dues because they will up and walk away, I ask how will they take away the iron ore etc? Will they abandon all the expensive machinery and infrastructure now in place to shift it? They will need to have a good argument to put to foreign shareholders to explain such costly actions.
      This is all a game of who will blink first. Inevitably our governments cave in as soon as the miners begin staring at them.

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      Look what’s happening in Greece, RIGHT NOW!! Not only is our WELFARE system being grossly abused by cheats, but, it is also FAR too generous. The sooner that WELFARE is only paid to those that NEED WELFARE, the sooner it will become affordable.
      While we still consider that couples with assets worth over $1 million still NEED welfare, we will not have a responsible discussion on this vital subject!!
      Are we to wait until we too have a GREEK tragedy, just because of weak governments and greedy people? With our aging population, we are well on our way to that exact outcome!!!! sadly, it will be our grandchildren that will bear the pain. Hasn’t the current age pension generation done enough damage to our economy, yet, wish to persevere with their selfishness?

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      Grateful you are so sadly wide of the mark it is painful. Your grasp of the reality of the Greek situation is non-existent.
      Read a little more widely and you will find the real roots of the Greek farce is tax evasion and avoidance being a national sport, endemic corruption channeling a disproportionately large share of national wealth into a few chosen hands and those in power rewarding themselves with excessively generous government pensions. Any of that sound familiar?
      If you do your reading on the real costs of retirement you will find financial advisers telling you that on retirement at 65 if you are to have a very modest level of comfort you will need superannuation of at least $1m in addition to pension rights (not entitlements as pollies would have us believe). The $1.1m asset test level is probably about right, however it will only remain so if indexed.
      Where have you ever seen any specific statistics on the proportion of welfare cheats to to genuine recipients, or the the actual cost of cheating to the total welfare cost? All we ever get is the blame the victim approach of the Coalition. Never any hard data other than a single spectacular sounding number with no context by which to judge its validity.

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      The Greek situation has a parallel to ours in that in Greece the wealthy paid no taxes at all and while welfare was overly generous. The real fault lay in not ensuring that everybody paid their fair share of the cost in running the country.
      In that regard we are similar in that the wealthy, who are often donors to political party funds, do not pay their fair share.

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      Some good posts here.
      Regarding the multinationals you have to realise that there is no will to take on companies with deep pockets who will employ an army of lawyers to try and get their own way. Also, the current government has a ‘relationship’ with big business…which contributes election funding into its coffers. So other than sabre rattle what would one expect.
      I also respectfully point out that the “bad” Mining Tax was repealed by this government and we now have not only lost tens of thousands of jobs in mining industries but taxpayers are now stumping up $8 BILLION EVERY YEAR more than when the previous government was in power. It tells a story as to who is pulling the strings.

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      Grumpy: I like your post. You’ll never see anything this factual in the ‘free press’ which avoids telling the population the truth lest it be demanded that the rorts stop. So who owns the big media interests? A no brainer.

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      The Greek tragedy is a little more than just a few wrong things done by a few. Firstly the country’s GDP is about half of the GDP of New South Wales, then there has been a very generous pension scheme for many years, where workers retired at a relatively early age on quite generous pensions, there is no industry to speak of, about a third of the working population is in the public service, and – as you so rightly point out – tax evasion is the natural pastime. Simply put, they spent much more than they made, borrowed over a long time to prop up their system, and now the piper has to be paid. Tough. And as many people have also rightly pointed out, unless our politicians show a bit of mettle and address the issue of DSP, Newstart and a host of other welfare misuse, we’re heading the same way. And, again as many have pointed out, politicians should also grow some balls and tackle the tax minimisation practices indulged in by companies and individuals who can afford the advice that allows them to skirt around the rules in a barely legal way. If the guiding principles by all were the morality of their actions instead of the legality, we’d have the problems licked.

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      Hey Prophet, you talking about Australia? I can see the parallels here…and as I have stated before we are heading down this road.

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      Exactly my position, Grumpy – stated on another forum.

      Wow, Grateful – amazing leap to ‘flooded with cheats’… with massive unemployment and a huge aged population, how many do you actually think are ‘cheating’ the system? You may end up with a genuine 3-4 per thousand…. but everyone else needs some small sustenance to live….

      How many children would starve and go without if we did not have a social security blanket? Malbunistan has 20,000 people living on the streets.. Syd-e-ney probably more… do aged pensioners who accept a gift from family to play the pokies rort the system? I see old ladies in clubs and say ‘good luck’ – if they want to spend $2-5 a shot and hope for a biggie – go for it – they may not be here tomorrow.

      World Prophet has it right as well… as does mick….

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    Agree wholeheartedly. For that small return, it hardly seems worth the effort.

    If the same amount of resources was spent on ensuring the multinationals (and also the rich, and the politicians themselves) paid their fair share of taxes, the return would be at least tenfold, and possibly a hundredfold or more.
    But, of course, this will not happen while we have our current system of corrupt politicians (of all persuasions) introducing over-complicated laws which deliberately contain loopholes allowing these parasites and their expensive lawyers to avoid paying their fair share.

    We need a bit of a revolution here to show the politicians that they are supposed to work for us, not we for them.

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      Spot on Hawkeye. Abbott, who is merely an extension of the Howard philosophy, has in the past stated the view that when the ecnomy starts to pick up and show returns then his government will start looking at investing in Australian industry and when Australian industry has taken what it regards as its share what’s left over can be used to improve welfare etc…….clearly it is, in his view, the orle of the population to serve the economy, not for the economy to serve society.

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      We need people to STOP believing the lies which come from the big media players. Then the rest will come of its own accord.

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    The “Dole” is usually justified but there is no incentive for some people with a lot of kids to get a job. The one that is rorted is the “disability pension”. Doctors are conned with trivial things to get on it. Bad back, arthritis, ADD even low IQ. I know of people on it that nothing is wrong but I can’t do anything because they know the system. These people that have not contributed to society all need looking at. I know people with disabilities that have jobs and don’t whinge like these people.

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      These people have conned the system because they can live of a pension but not the dole. Unfortunately those same people have ruined it for those genuine cases that are literally dying while trying to get the disability pension. Yes there needs to be an overhaul on disability cheats.

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      The whole system is rorted because IT IS PERMITTED. If the alternative is to be thrown off benefits for 5 years with no right of appeal then those who play the game will have to decide if the risk of real poverty is worth lying and cheating for a bigger payout.
      It irks me that there are so many people cheating the system for their choice of lifestyle whilst crying poverty all the way to the bank. Social security for the bulk of recipients needs to be tied to REAL work for the community, not the free ride which has become the norm. Imagine what that would do to your re-election campaign.

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      Mick what do you think of middle class social security there seems to be so much of it. Couples with good salaries that can make all sorts of various claims for benefits because they have been given the privilege to do so? If they choose to have children then they should pay for them without a luxury lifestyle.

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      Personally I agree. What has been happening for some time is the responsibility of child rearing has changed from parents to society. Whilst I understand why this has happened I cannot condone society having to pick up the tab so that mums can have a job. Not right.

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    Just taking the limelight away from Centrelink for a moment. Two days ago I received a letter in the mail from my energy supplier, informing me of how delighted they are to be able to tell me that as from 1st of July 2015 my energy charges would be coming down by some very minute percentage. Unfortunately (and unbelievably) 24 hours later, I hear on the TV that the energy companies cannot manage on their very low profits so the will be seeking permission to increase prices. What a joke of a world we live in.

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      I got the same notice. Thought it might be because I was coming off a 2 year contract. Will be going anyway as I refuse to subsidise the coal industry.
      Low profits? After the huge rises of the last 3 years? Any electricity reseller trying to sell that story should go broke.

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      Ken it’s not a joke. Some of these companies are struggling to make ends meet. We could hit them with higher taxes and make your bill unaffordable?
      You’re right, the fact is we cant give these big energy companies a reason to raise prices.

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