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Was not in country

Debt amount: 
$3000
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Period debt occurred: 
December 2013
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Yes
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: 

Centerlink slapped me with a 3k fine/debt for a period I was overseas.

I arrived back in November 2013 from UK and claimed 2 new start payments only.
I have proof of this from bank statements which i opened with NAB on the 5th of November.

Centerlink gave me one month to provide them with payslips which I could not provide up until now.
I am now facing debt collection from Milton Graham.

This has created alot of stress, loss of wages, and has put my job and living arrangements at risk because I work as a casual (trying to gain fulltime to one day achieve the dream of owning my own home) i have been a casual employee for over 10 years.
Not had a holiday or a week off in 4 years.
I am extremely exhausted, stressed, worried that someone will break in and steal my belongings for debt recovery.

I am so disheartened by the government and feel that they have let me and the public down.
How can they steal from me when I do the right thing day in, day out?
I pay my taxes for what?

Im completely over the edge. To the point where i constantly ask myself what am i doing this for? I give up. I honestly give up.
Life totally sucks down here.

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

Disgraceful. The coalition should be sacked and placed on newstart themselves and try living the life of a casual employee in the hope that one day they will get the chance to own their own home.