Govt plan­ning fresh at­tack on pen­sion­ers

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

MORE pain is on the way for Aus­tralia’s pen­sion­ers from the Turn­bull govern­ment, ac­cord­ing to south­ern news­pa­pers.

Un­sat­is­fied with their at­tack on pen­sion­ers and self-funded re­tirees back in Jan­uary that saw pen­sions lost or re­duced, the Turn­bull regime is plan­ning a new as­sault against pen­sion­ers’ en­ti­tle­ments.

Re­ports in­di­cate that Turn­bull and his cronies are go­ing to use the Cen­tre­link “robo-debt” sys­tem tar­get­ing pen­sion­ers, the dis­abled and the dis­ad­van­taged.

This is the same de­fec­tive sys­tem used on the un­em­ployed that saw thousands of com­plaints lodged with Cen­tre­link about the in­ac­cu­racy of its records.

Now, it will tar­get old age pen­sion­ers and dis­abled Aus­tralians in an at­tempt to re­duce their so­cial se­cu­rity pay­ment by $3.2 bil­lion.

This new as­sault on the most vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety will see 2.5 mil­lion pen­sion­ers and 800,000 dis­abil­ity sup­port re­cip­i­ents re­ceive ‘please ex­plain’ no­ti­fi­ca­tions from Cen­tre­link ask­ing for proof to jus­tify their en­ti­tle­ment and why it shouldn’t be re­duced or stopped.

The Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices has con­firmed that data­match­ing tech­nol­ogy will scour the Aus­tralian Tax Of­fice data­base to hunt down pen­sion­ers re­ceiv­ing in­come from any other source, no mat­ter how min­i­mal.

‘Please ex­plain’ let­ters will be is­sued, fol­lowed by a debt no­tice, a visit from a debt col­lec­tor, or crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion.

The govern­ment’s re­lent­less per­se­cu­tion of pen­sion­ers and the dis­abled, to de­prive them of their le­git­i­mate en­ti­tle­ments, borders on ‘class dis­crim­i­na­tion’ be­cause they don’t ap­ply the same rules across the board.

For ex­am­ple, they don’t show the same hos­til­ity to­ward cor­po­rate tax cheats, wealthy tax-evad­ing govern­ment friends (in­clud­ing Mal­colm Turn­bull him­self), thiev­ing/cor­rupt politi­cians, or the mil­lions be­ing ripped off by im­mi­grants.

And the La­bor Party’s deathly si­lence on this mat­ter only con­firms their sup­port for Turn­bull’s pen­sioner bashing. — B. Barry

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