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I'm strong and they're not gonna break me

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Friday, 1 June 2018
Period debt occurred: 
February 2012 to July 2012
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

I actually laughed when it first came.
It was around the time of the half billion dollar grant to an organisation that didn't ask for it and a time when politicians were under all sorts of scrutiny for the dodgy use of taxpayers' money.

I couldn't believe that they were serious in pursuing me for a debt that didn't exist.
I probably made a mistake in ignoring it.

Eventually I was being hounded by debt collectors and was driven to extreme anxiety.
I turned off the phone and really cut myself off from family and friends.
The anxiety and depression that it has caused is debilitating.

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

Disgusted. I was meticulous in reporting my income for the short time I was underemployed, and was delighted to let them know as soon as I procured a longer term contract.

The fact that politicians could get away with rorting the system for so long, while simultaneously destroying innocent people's lives is a reflection on their core values. I can hardly wait to vote them out, although I fear the worst for any incoming government. We are an easy target.

The debt collectors were rude and cruel.