Being unemployed at the time, finalising my fathers estate, looking after my mother and preparing to move interstate in order to find new work, it was very stressful. I will say that the coal face workers had lots of empathy but their hands were tied. I felt that they didn't want to be doing this.
I argued why should I have to prove that I don't have a debt when in business and any other arrangement you have to prove that you do.
They were asking for payslips that were 6 years old, the ATO tells you that you only have to keep tax documentation for 5 years.
I will say, if it wasn't for good family and friends, I would have committed suicide
Government handling is appalling.
How many people have taken their own lives because of this. There would have to be many, because I know for a fact that I thought about it a fair few times and I had good support and sympathetic family and friends. Many others don't