Tuesday 28th June 2016 - 6:10 pm

Government plans a $1.1 billion crackdown on welfare

by Alan Thornhill

The Federal government is aiming to save $1.1 billion a year, by targeting  “leakage, waste and abuse” in the welfare system.

 

However the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, who announced this crackdown today, said people who are entitled to welfare payments would continue to get them.

 

He was announcing the Coalition’s financial targets, for the three years following the July 2 election.

 

However the Greens ridiculed Mr Morrison’s statement, saying he was urging that Australia’s social security system be automated and upgraded even though its staff cannot even answer their  phone  calls.

 

Senator Rachel Siewert – the Greens spokesperson on Community Services – said Mr Morrison is   advocating that Australia’s social security system be “automated and upgraded” when his staff cannot even answer their phones.

 

“After 22 million missed calls last year amongst other issues, there are many Australian’s accessing income support of some form, be it Family Tax Benefit, Paid Parental Leave, Disability Support Pension, Youth Allowance, Newstart, Carers Allowance, who feel extremely frustrated,” Senator Siewert said.

 

“The missed calls are just the tip of the iceberg,” she added.


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