Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Posted by DH at 8:49 pm
Sunday, August 14, 2005
First up, DH was informed that legislation says that after her last
complaint, CentreLink had to respond within 3 hours.
They didnt. Surprise.
So having made the trek to Centrelink again, (without, you will recall,
having a transport concession card to pay for the bus trip) she was
astonished to find that there, on her file was. "We cannot process your
claim till we get your citizenship papers".
This is BRAND new, 10 weeks after her initial application.
"But I GAVE you my citizenship papers already".
So out comes a very nice young woman from back office who explains that
because her citizenship papers date back to the 60's and because for some
arcane bureaucratic reason that completely went over DH's head, someone had
to fill in 1988 somewhere because who knows why??? So therefore, DH has to
show her citizenship papers.
DH is worried because she doesnt know where her citizenship papers are
anymore. She is absentminded because of depression brought on by carer
stress, being painted by the Right of both Liberal and Labor as the
"Devalued Other", and she has taken her papers on so many outings , that she
fears they maybe lost.
So today will be spent at Chateau D'oH ransacking the joint for her
certificate of citizenship.
DH came to Australia as a reffo, and she doesnt have a birth certificate.
The way things are going, and not wishing to be total drama queen, much,
she's thinking... "Hmmm, maybe I cd be deported back to Eastern Europe. The
way things are going here, I cd have a higher standard of living over there.
Posted by DH at 10:29 am
DH went down to Centrelink at 4 to collect her emergency payment.
But guess what? Newstart recipients who have been messed around by
are entitled to emergency payment. So are applicants for Disability Pension.
But apparently Carers do not have to pay bills or eat or anything.
OK, so DH still has some acquaintances she can hit on for a loan to buy the
But what about say older people, or people who are disabled themselves, or
are totall disempowered by years of poverty and isolation?
What are they supposed to do?
WHAT IS AUSTRALIA COMING TO???
Time to ring up HREOC and the Welfare Rights Centre. And maybe Tanya
Plibersek cd ask a question or two in Parliament?
Posted by DH at 10:14 am
Friday, August 12, 2005
Last year, 76 single-income families who earned at least $1 million a year
received Family Tax Benefit part B, introduced in 2000 by the Howard
Government to assist sole parents and stay-at-home mums. A year earlier,
only 31 recipients earned at least $1 million. www.smh.com.au
Dont you just LOVE the Howard Govt up the comfortable end of town!!!
Posted by DH at 12:57 pm
Posted by DH at 12:41 pm
DH is on the phone to Disability Services at Centrelink as she types.
New information that she has not heard before. It cd take another 42 days
from receipt of documentation no-one told her she needed to send in before
her application can be processed.
She asks the poor frontline foot soldier what she is supposed to buy food,
medications and bus tickets with till then.
He says, well, we tell everyone to register for Newstart.
DH explains to him gently, that she has already applied for Newstart, sat
through the amateur video afternoon that they subject you to, only to be
told that since she has an application in progress for Carer's payment. that
she is not eligible.
He has put her on hold while he confabulates with his superiors on this
unexpected turn of events.
Normally, DH loves Mozart, (she used to be one of the middle class elites,
there but for fortune go you, dear reader) but there might be a Clockwork
Orange moment coming on if she has to listen to 10 more rounds of the Sonata
in D, K514 or whatever.
Posted by DH at 12:25 pm
How has she been surviving?
Borrowing from her mother's overseas pension. Her mother doesnt mind.
Unfortunately it means her mother cant get her dentures fixed.
Her mother's overseas pension is now exhausted.
DH has had to ask friends.
Most of DH's friends are single women.
They dont have money either.
So she has to ask more distant acquaintances. .
Humiliating in a materialistic culture like ours.
Posted by DH at 12:00 pm
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
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