Home News Centrelink Orders Jobkeeper: Centrelink chasing over 11,000 Australians for nearly $33 MILLION

Centrelink Orders Jobkeeper: Centrelink chasing over 11,000 Australians for nearly $33 MILLION


The central government has sent a further 11,000 individuals people Centrelink debt letters whose worth is around a total of $32m asserting they were over recompense due to job keeper while opposing calls to claw back money from firms who received the wage subsidy and then made the profit with it. The services Australia has informed Senate approximates 11,771 people have had a debt lifted “after the attainment of a review of their earning support payments and the job keeper earning that was compensated to them by their corporation.” In response to the questions from the Greens senator Rachel Siewert, the agency made a statement that “Through completed reviewers, estimated $32.8m in debt has been lifting as of 30th April 2021.”

Centrelink Orders Jobkeeper

Centrelink Orders Jobkeeper

Debts that have been lifted to the Welfare beneficiary, still not fully recovered. Siewert told the data unveiled a double standard amongst individuals receiving earning support and businesses who asserted the wage subsidy. Siewert told that “It is ridiculous that the government is pursuing individuals for so-called debts for what will be authentic mistakes in a perplexing system when they have given gazillions to billionaires.”

People who are on welfare benefits are necessary to report their earnings from other sources to Centrelink, with the details used to calculate how much cash they are eligible to receive. Within its compliance regime, the staff of Services Australia will cross-check the earning reported by the person against tax records and other proofs. It was now an abandoned version of this process that led to the scandal of robot debt.

The officials of Services Australia told Senate approximates at the beginning of this year that welfare beneficiaries had accountability to report job keeper as “common income”. Chris Birrer, the general manager made the statement, “It could impact anyhow or not they were eligible for a rate of jobseeker or other earning support payment or what would be the correct rate.”

Though a mouthpiece for the Australian Unemployed Workers Union, Jeremy Poxon stated that the system was perplexing. He stated, “Judging on the basis of the number of stampede calls we got about it, we and the administration know job keeper was a perplexing mess of a system to access.” Poxon has stated it was “creepy, yet sadly predictable” that “billionaires such as Gerry Harvey have been let in a complete manner the hook” whereas welfare beneficiaries, who had “committed with this program in good faith.”

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Pallavi Ghosh has covered politics and Parliament for 15 years, and has reported extensively on Congress, UPA-I and UPA-II, and has now included the Finance Ministry and Niti Aayog in her reportage. She tweets at @alishach03


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