Govt planning fresh attack on pensioners
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