News.com.au, 5 January 2017:I'm literally uploading scanned pages of my diary from FIVE YEARS AGO to prove to #centrelink that it's #notmydebt and I was overseas. pic.twitter.com/BUbq6B5M7Z— Omnishambles (@AngelaChace) January 5, 2017
How to get a response pic.twitter.com/boftrMNtv8— Asher Wolf (@Asher_Wolf) January 5, 2017
PAT MCGRATH: Amanda Stilbe has been trying to explain to Centrelink that the $1,300 bill that it demands she pay is incorrect. The money is due in a month but she hasn't been able to make her case.
AMANDA STILBE: I went down to Centrelink and lined up and when I got to the front of the line, the lady just said, "No, you can't do that in person, you have to do it on the phone, because the people here don't have access to it".
PAT MCGRATH: The error, she believes, has been with the way Centrelink has matched the fortnightly income she declared during 2011/12 and her tax records from the same year.
AMANDA STILBE: Of course, there's going to be a discrepancy because I only started on partial Newstart at the end of December and I was working full-time, then went to part-time, then went to part-time with Newstart and then wasn't working at all. So of course the figures between the two aren't going to match.
Centrelink flat out telling people to call Life Line. Terrified someone will make a bad decision and socialising the risk. pic.twitter.com/qWLAAOJ10C— Gordy (@GordyPls) January 4, 2017
If Centrelink makes a decision you disagree with, such as you have a debt, challenge the decision #notmydebt https://t.co/RRg4F2e5Ic— Victoria Legal Aid (@VicLegalAid) January 4, 2017
Legislation.gov.au, August 2016:
- to be treated with dignity (Preamble, Article 1)
- to the protection of the rule of law (that there must be proper laws, a legal system that allows appeal against government decisions, and the laws of the country must be properly enforced) (Preamble) and the related right to freedom from attacks upon one’s reputation (Article 12)
- to non-discrimination on the basis of property (or lack of it, the persons being targeted being those who have received a government payment)(Preamble, Article 2)
- to equal protection of the law without discrimination (Article 7)
- not to be arbitrarily deprived of property (Article 17)
- to equal access to the public service (Article 21)
- to social security (Article 9 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, ICESCR, which is binding on Australia)
- to protection against unemployment and to have employment income supplemented ‘if necessary, by other means of social protection’ (Article 23)
- to an adequate standard of living, including the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond one’s control (Article 25)