I received a letter from centrelink asking me to confirm that I had earned $30,000 for the year.
I had earned that money in 9 of the 12 months of the year, requiring Newstart support for the 3 months I was unemployed.
The system averaged out my annual income and accused me of earning money during the 3 months that I wasn’t working.
I spent my entire Christmas break phoning centrelink, emailing Hank Jongen, Christian Porter, Alan Tudge and all the other crooked polititians boasting what a wonderful job at reclaiming debts they were doing.
I couldn’t get payslips from 6 years ago when this all happened.
So far the only explanation was “you earned this much so you owe us this much”.
Eventually I made one last desperate phone call demanding they send me the details of how the debt was calculated and that my lawyer will be in touch.
A few hours later I got a phone call from someone at centrelink with an apology.
Ruined my Christmas break!
All they said was to start a payment plan and once it was reviewed then I would get my money back!
Yeah as if they would look into it if I'm paying them money!
Its pure extortion. Should be a royal commission!