It’s game, set, match for welfare cheats – Australia has had enough

In a bold new move, the government has announced it is cracking down on Centrelink frauds who lie about their
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In a bold new move, the government has announced it is cracking down on Centrelink frauds who lie about their living situation to get thousands of welfare dollars they don’t have any right to.

The new program, called Taskforce Integrity, has already reclaimed $2.2 million in debts owed after it reviewed 2,786 cases and found almost 600 cases of overpayment. If these numbers are anything to go by, there could be tens of millions of dollars owed to Centrelink.

Most of the money is going to people who lie about being in a de-facto relationship so they can receive a ‘single person’ payment, which is $523.40 a fortnight, compared to the $472.60 paid to recipients in a couple, as reported by News Limited.

As if it’s not bad enough that people are intentionally lying to receive higher payments, it’s the Australian taxpayers who have to foot the bill – a reality the government says it’s well aware of.

“These people need to understand they are stealing from their neighbours, including those in the community who are genuinely in need.” Human Services Minister Stuart Robert told News Limited.

In one particularly brazen case, a nurse falsely claimed almost $70,000 from Centrelink despite the fact she owned over $3 million worth of property. She was ordered to pay back the money, but insists it’s all a “mistake”.

With these kinds of attitudes, we have to wonder why these people think they have a right to force taxpayers to fund their lifestyles? Surely our welfare system is something that should be reserved for those who truely need it, and not for people who just want a few more dollars in the bank.

What’s your opinion on this issue?

Are you happy to see the government cracking down on this issue? How can we stop people making false Centrelink claims?

  1. Judith Mitchell

    Definitely. Would also support the Government getting back tax from the Big Corprations too…..can any political party please tell me exactly what the Government propose to do about this situation.???No, I thought they were all silent……as usual……………

    • Trish Daley

      Judith our Government suffers from selective hearing, they don’t believe the multi corporations are doing anything wrong.

    • Trish Daley

      Judith our Government suffers from selective hearing, they don’t believe the multi corporations are doing anything wrong.

    • Tess Eakins

      Plus its so much easier to take money off us rather than go after the corporates

    • Tess Eakins

      Plus its so much easier to take money off us rather than go after the corporates

    • Judith Mitchell

      Dawn Bruce Labor won’t back getting back tax off corporations……the Builders Union won’t want to upset the big corporations whilst they can blackmail them……

    • Judith Mitchell

      Dawn Bruce Labor won’t back getting back tax off corporations……the Builders Union won’t want to upset the big corporations whilst they can blackmail them……

    • Judith Forbes

      Tess Eakins what, if you are ripping off the system then you aren’t getting money taken off you fool, you are stealing it…….and you deserve to get caught….

    • Judith Forbes

      Tess Eakins what, if you are ripping off the system then you aren’t getting money taken off you fool, you are stealing it…….and you deserve to get caught….

    • Don Walker

      From what I understand, the government tried to introduce legistlation to stop the big corporations from ripping off the tax system but the greens and labor combined to defeat this new legistlation, which included legistlation that Labor proposed.

    • Don Walker

      Trish Daley Try getting educated on who is knocking back the legistlation to catch the big corporations getting tax breaks and you mind find it is lablor, the greens and PUP who are refusing to back the LNP tax law changes.

    • Dawn Bruce

      Judith Mitchell Thought there had to be a reason why they wouldn’t pass the bill . Just shows you how much the people on here know, They keep harping on this & its their ALP doing nothing

    • Cheryl Siddon

      |I can’t tell you what happened because I wasn’t listening carefully, but in Parliament Live today their was a discussion on this. I think they are tracking some companies down. You might be able to get a replay of it somehow.

    • Desleigh Clarke

      absolutely!! and what about all the women having a baby a year to claim the child welfare? Different fathers to each kid.

    • Dawn Bruce

      Cheryl Siddon I missed part of it, But yesterday Shorten brought it up, first question was about big Corporations TAX & Scott said you & Greens wouldn’t pass the bill we put up.

    • Fred Davies

      I haven’t heard one of you provide details of the reasons for blocking the bill. If you don’t know, don’t speculate.

    • Rae van Belkom

      I totally agree with you Judith Mitchell. There must be flaws and loopholes in current tax system that allows big corporations etc., to get away with things on technicalities somehow. It’s ludicrous, and grossly unfair!

  2. Annette Maddock

    All well and good that Centrelink has this new task group to chase after money obtained fraudulently, however, how do they know from the millions of people in their system who to go after in the first place? This sort of thing cannot work unless there are people out there willing to dob in a mate or whoever they may know who is undertaking the fraud in the first place. Not many people are willing to do that. I know I for one would should I ever find out this sort of information but I don’t know many, if any, who are receiving these sorts of payments. Yes, it has to stop, but I think this is only scratching the surface. Those who use the Centrelink system to this extent know how to rort it better than the pollies.

    • Ann Burgess

      Since its a government payment, they should send out flyers saying how many and who are receiving these tax payer payments, but not including the official retiring people, so when one sees them going off to work, I mean, how easy would this be, but of course that would be considered
      un Australian to, dob on your mates, I mean big houses, big cars, we all seem to know who these people are…..

    • Ann Burgess

      You are right Annette, they are cleverer than the pollies, thats why they dont get caught!!

  3. Annette Maddock

    All well and good that Centrelink has this new task group to chase after money obtained fraudulently, however, how do they know from the millions of people in their system who to go after in the first place? This sort of thing cannot work unless there are people out there willing to dob in a mate or whoever they may know who is undertaking the fraud in the first place. Not many people are willing to do that. I know I for one would should I ever find out this sort of information but I don’t know many, if any, who are receiving these sorts of payments. Yes, it has to stop, but I think this is only scratching the surface. Those who use the Centrelink system to this extent know how to rort it better than the pollies.

    • Ann Burgess

      Since its a government payment, they should send out flyers saying how many and who are receiving these tax payer payments, but not including the official retiring people, so when one sees them going off to work, I mean, how easy would this be, but of course that would be considered
      un Australian to, dob on your mates, I mean big houses, big cars, we all seem to know who these people are…..

    • Ann Burgess

      You are right Annette, they are cleverer than the pollies, thats why they dont get caught!!

  4. Robert Hind

    All in favour of catching the cheats BUT it would be nice if they could get the whole system operating smoothly for all of us – web site that works well, phone calls answered . . .

    • Raymond Connors

      Correct Robert. I have to report every 2 weeks the fact I get no other income, and I was told (in writing) how to do it, and followed the instructions. Got a receipt for my “visit” and my lodgement, yet had my payment dates stuffed around because the system failed to operate correctly. Visit to the “office” and I was told that there were not enough staff to sort out my problem and I was given a phone on which I listened to canned music for 90 minutes before the other end hung up.Staff at the “office” didn’t want to know, so I sat on the Skype phone (free call) for 2 hrs next morning waiting to talk to someone- Eventually someone answered and told me how to do it easily by phone, and then I had to ask why my new child was on the medicare card but not on my pension card- That was a whole new story full of mismanagement and stupidity, so I sent a letter instead.

    • Dawn Bruce

      Never changes, I have been dealing with Centrelink for many, many years, Nothing ever changes , except this Govt gives you voice recognition & a call back system . Works well.

  5. Robert Hind

    All in favour of catching the cheats BUT it would be nice if they could get the whole system operating smoothly for all of us – web site that works well, phone calls answered . . .

    • Raymond Connors

      Correct Robert. I have to report every 2 weeks the fact I get no other income, and I was told (in writing) how to do it, and followed the instructions. Got a receipt for my “visit” and my lodgement, yet had my payment dates stuffed around because the system failed to operate correctly. Visit to the “office” and I was told that there were not enough staff to sort out my problem and I was given a phone on which I listened to canned music for 90 minutes before the other end hung up.Staff at the “office” didn’t want to know, so I sat on the Skype phone (free call) for 2 hrs next morning waiting to talk to someone- Eventually someone answered and told me how to do it easily by phone, and then I had to ask why my new child was on the medicare card but not on my pension card- That was a whole new story full of mismanagement and stupidity, so I sent a letter instead.

    • Dawn Bruce

      Never changes, I have been dealing with Centrelink for many, many years, Nothing ever changes , except this Govt gives you voice recognition & a call back system . Works well.

  6. Jeanette Southam

    It’s been happening for a long time and of course it is unfair to those honest people who dont cheat the system. A friend dobbed her ex in for this about 10 years ago and they didn’t want to know about it. But what I would really like to see is the Tax system change so that big business pays its fair share instead of going off shore.

  7. Jeanette Southam

    It’s been happening for a long time and of course it is unfair to those honest people who dont cheat the system. A friend dobbed her ex in for this about 10 years ago and they didn’t want to know about it. But what I would really like to see is the Tax system change so that big business pays its fair share instead of going off shore.

  8. Judith Mahony

    Yes it is about time. I think we should be looking into the TAX cheats also, working for cash in hand.

    • Barbara Easthope

      The trouble is as the government cuts the funding to these departments they can’t fund these areas. It becomes a major cost cutting exercise to just do the basics. The ATO used to be a lot more proactive in hunting cheats of all sorts but struggles now to fund the basics of tax return processing and the like.

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