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How can they do this I am retired now I can’t afford to pay that back

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Period debt occurred: 
November 2009 to July 2010
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
I don't know how to
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

I just got a call from Centrelink, I had changed my address and they sent the letter to the old address
Anyway I had to confirm who I was when he called me ?

I told him and he said between 2009 and 2010 may have run into 2011 I was overpaid

I said to him I only put in what my wage was
he said net
I think it was gross I said
he said get all your payslips for those years and he will tell me how much I owe
I said no I can’t do this at the moment

He said he would calculate it from my ato tax forms and then he came back saying I owe over $5900 and I need to pay it back

I admit I went a bit angry I said but that was over 7 years ago I am retired now I can’t afford to pay that back I am self funded but if I give away $5900 then I don’t eat for 6 mths

he didn’t care and then he said it doesn’t matter how long ago it was I had to pay it
I then hung up on him as I found him rude and was not giving options or advice nothing
so I would say I will get the notice in the mail and have to pay a debt i had no part in overpaying me if I was

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

This process stinks the guy on the phone said Centrelink send these letters to everyone pensioners the rich everyone

I have just retired and now they tell me I owe money couldn’t contact me when I was working so I could pay it back

So sick of being treated like a number and not by a personal case
if you are retired how in this world should they have to pay back a overpayment Centrelink did and they knew nothing about stupid crazy

why are we putting up with this