Opinion: Centrelink debt debacle shows Govt is Robin Hood in revers

The Medicare debt debacle has some wondering if the Government has become Robin Hood in reverse
The Medicare debt debacle has some wondering if the Government has become Robin Hood in reverse

WE look to our leaders to uphold an ancient tradition of the mythical character Robin Hood and take from the rich and give to the poor.

This government has taken that tradition and turned it on its head and is now taking from the poor and giving to the rich.

I received a bill from Centrelink for $14,000 and told to pay up within three weeks or else. After many hours trying to contact them to explain that they had wrongly assessed me, I gave up and wrote to my local Federal MP, the Minister for Social Services, and was flicked to another minister as my problem was not his area of concern. I have now been able to contact Centrelink directly by email and had the problem sorted – altogether about eight hours of running around to fix a mistake not of my making.

I received a reassessment notice from the ATO last week and paid the next day and this week I received another letter from the ATO saying they would give my debt to collectors if I didn’t pay up in one week.

Given I had already paid a week earlier, they need to get their act into gear and stop threatening 70-year-old self-funded retirees with debt collectors.

My retired neighbour has had similar problems with this government using standover tactics and being uncontactable.

The moral of the story is change your MP when he flicks you to someone else and write to Malcolm Turnbull to ask him to stop his ministers acting like the Sheriff of Nottingham and using standover tactics to take from the poor to give to the rich.

If the government needs to attack the most vulnerable in our society, it must really be in a crisis.

DOUG CROKER,

Butler.