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Centrelink are still using income averaging


Income averaging was found to be illegal by the Federal Court in the Robodebt Test Case of Amato vs Commonwealth (2019), yet Centrelink still use this methodology when calculating income for certain windfalls. These windfalls include lottery wins, inheritances, gifts, bequests, insurance payments, bursaries, scholarships and anything else Centrelink decide is income, if they are … Continue reading

Robodebt architect now has NDIS recipients in his sights


Jason Ryman, the architect of Centrelink’s infamous Robodebt scheme, was seconded to the NDIA with the task of using a similar scheme to target recipients of NDIS funding. The NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) is the agency charged with overseeing the running of the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme). The secondment was made by former … Continue reading

Centrelink staff need to learn some manners


One thing that was consistent during the Robodebt Royal Commission was Centrelink’s victims reporting that staff had been rude and aggressive. Sadly, this has not changed. Witnesses at the Royal Commission recounted that staff had yelled at them, mocked them, refused to listen to any defence and generally treated them with contempt. Witnesses recalled being … Continue reading

Dominic Perrottet and the Nazi uniform: he doesn’t know what he did was wrong


Dominic Perrottet has failed to apologise to everybody that he offended by wearing a Nazi uniform, showing he doesn’t really understand what he did was wrong and why. To be fair, a 21 year old probably wouldn’t understand the significance of the Nazi uniform, and he shouldn’t be judged on what he did as a … Continue reading

Why retrospective law can be applied to the NACC


With the passing of legislation for the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), it is worth reflecting on the history of retrospective law in Australia, and how the courts have found it to be legal. It is possible in Australia to break laws that have not yet been created, but there are instances where many would believe … Continue reading

Corporate welfare cheats: the real bludgers in Australian society


While Australia’s poor and marginalised are portrayed as “welfare cheats” by the LNP and right wing, the real welfare cheats are pocketing billions at the expense of the Australian taxpayer. These are the large corporations, particularly their CEOs and executives, who receive handouts from the government that they don’t really need and are not really … Continue reading

It is social security, not welfare


In the pre-Centrelink days, the unemployed, disabled, aged, marginalised and students were treated with some respect by the Australian government. Those days are long gone. Up until 1997, Australia had the Department of Social Security, which administered social security payments. This is how they were referred to by both the government and the department. Then … Continue reading

Centrelink are in the firing line, and it’s about time


My recent article The aged pension is not welfare has now been read by nearly 40,000 people in just two days, and I have received emails from over 100 people having problems with Centrelink. The response has been overwhelming. I have responded to many of these emails, and will respond to all of them over … Continue reading

The aged pension is not welfare


The aged pension is an entitlement and Centrelink should not be treating it as welfare. All Australians should be entitled to it as a reward for a lifetime of contribution to Australia. While it is true that some contribute more than others, we live in one of the most democratic countries in the world, and … Continue reading

How Centrelink are causing domestic abuse in Australian families


Centrelink are a major contributor to domestic abuse in Australian families because of their antiquated laws, and it is time the Australian government stepped in and stopped it. Under Centrelink law, if one partner in a relationship is working, the other partner is not entitled to any income support, or gets a drastically decreased amount. … Continue reading

Centrelink legislation is in drastic need of reform


The Social Security Act and Social Security (Administration) Act each contain over 1,000 sections, most of which are designed to deny people payments, and many of which are in contradiction to other legislation. Lottery wins, insurance payments and inheritances, when paid in more than one payment, are not classified as income by the Australian Taxation … Continue reading

Courier Mail article about my fight with Centrelink


https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/qld-politics/nightmare-former-townsville-prison-officer-has-disability-pension-cut-after-60k-lottery-win/news-story/aa5ffb93cef8f27c52ec1bf8d97b73f6

news.com.au article about my fight with Centrelink


https://www.news.com.au/finance/set-for-life-winners-upset-after-centrelink-strips-him-of-thousands/news-story/7c5dcc588b079e51ad24698cec5d6c87

Daily Mail article about my fight with Centrelink


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11380255/Centrelink-cuts-disabled-teachers-pension-won-Set-Life-lottery.html

Why retrospective law can be applied to the NACC


It is possible in Australia to break laws that have not yet been created, but there are instances where many would believe this is highly appropriate. The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) may be one of these. The two main principles that exist in rule of law in Australia are that if the person doing the … Continue reading

Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus


The following editorial, among the most famous ever written, appeared in the New York Sun in 1897. Since it’s Christmas, etc… Also, it is a great piece of writing: We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is … Continue reading

Lack of Opportunities For Disabled People


Employers and recruiters unintentionally inflict a ‘glass ceiling’ on disabled Australians, largely due to a lack of infrastructure and consideration, and new figures show that disabled people are half as likely to be employed compared to the population in general. John Walsh, author of a new report, “Disability Expectations: Investing in a better life, a … Continue reading

WIPO Welcomes EU Ratification of Internet Treaties


Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization Francis Gurry has welcomed the ratification by the European Union of the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty. The treaties establish the basic standards of protection for copyright and related rights in the digital environment. Mr Gurry said the EU’s ratification of the … Continue reading

Alcopops Dispute Fizzes Out In Federal Court


The Federal Government has been taking a variety of measures intended to reduce “binge drinking”. One of those measures has been to increase rates of duty and excise on “ready to drink” mixed drinks known as Alcopops. Many of you have been following the fate of measures intended to raise customs duty on imported products … Continue reading

National Audit Of Police Capabilities (2009)


The Minister for Home Affairs, Bob Debus, today announced the appointment of Roger Beale AO to conduct a Federal Audit of Police Capabilities in line with the Government’s election commitment. “The Australian Federal Police have had to meet increasing demands in recent years and it’s important we take a comprehensive look at its resources and … Continue reading

Australian Prime Minister’s Australia Day Message (2009)


As we celebrate Australia Day with our friends and families – over barbeques, picnic tables and beach towels – I know that many of you share my concerns about the impact of the global financial crisis on our families. This year will not be an easy one, and to be frank, we face some very … Continue reading

Energy Market Legislation (2009)


The Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AM MP, has welcomed the release of exposure draft legislation to support the establishment of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). The creation of AEMO, which will require amendment to the National Electricity and Gas Laws and National Electricity and Gas Rules, will implement the decision of … Continue reading

Expert Panel’s Broadband Report (2009)


The Minister for Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy today announced that the final report from the Panel of Experts on submissions to the National Broadband Network process has been received. The Minister stated that the receipt of this report marks a significant milestone in the NBN process: “The Government is now considering … Continue reading

First Ever Victoria Cross for Australia Awarded (2009)


It is with great honour today that we commend the valour of Trooper Mark Donaldson with the presentation of the first Victoria Cross for Australia. This is a truly historic day. Trooper Donaldson’s bravery will forever be engraved in Australian history. Generations of school children will now know of the story of Trooper Mark Donaldson. … Continue reading

Barack Obama Complete Inaugural Speech 2009 (NY Times)


My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation… (APPLAUSE) … as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. Forty-four Americans … Continue reading

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