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They made a mistake and now I have to pay for it.

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Period debt occurred: 
March 2016 to July 2016
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
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 found out I had a debt straight from the debt collector.
At first I thought it was a scam but then found out I had been getting letters from Centrelink to my very old address.

I can’t sleep from the stress and don’t have time to be waiting in Centrelink or on the phone (nobody answers half the time).
I work so hard as a teacher and $1800 is my entire payslip and a month's rent.
I did everything right when claiming from Centrelink two years ago and I told them whenever my circumstances changed. They stuffed up.

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

What process? It’s a joke clearly.
I pay my taxes, I do everything right and I care for 25 other people on a daily basis. They made a mistake and now I have to pay for it.
The government claims to be in “surplus” well that’s because they are ripping off the little guy.