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I feel helpless and like my child and I are worthless in the eyes of the parenting payment

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Period debt occurred: 
July 2014 to November 2014
Payment Type: 
Parenting Payment
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

It has been a huge shock two years after the claim to receive such a debt I feel helpless and like my child and I are worthless in the eyes of the parenting payment. Something that should have been a lovely period of both our lives is now overshadowed by a forced loan I am now having to pay back even though I did nothing wrong. As a self employed mother I feel very discriminated against. I am overly stressed I started prescribed anti anxiety medication and can't sleep worried about the debt repayment and my place and my child's place in the system.

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

I don't feel it has been handled at all, I am still confused and can't believe that it has occurred. I just received the debt notice two years (nearly three) after the claim was paid. I couldn't believe that this was even possible for such an error to occur. Nobody has consulted with me or explained to me that this could happen, I simply feel helpless and like I nor my child have no rights as Australian citizens. I submitted all the necessary paperwork and was granted the claim, now I am expected to pay it back two and a half years later as they have decided that I was never eligible in the first place as I was not considered a resident according to their criteria, why was I then allowed the payment, I would not have taken it and would have tried to survive in other means, now I feel cheated by the system. I was never aware that I was not a resident nor was this communicated to me during my application process. I feel like I didn't have anywhere to turn and everything is against me. I have appealed and Centrelink representative agreed with the computer generated decision now I am appealing with tribunal and awaiting for Centrelink to get back to them. I really hope I have somebody on my side.