|Randomly found this community....
||[Dec. 28th, 2006|06:59 pm]
Life in the hands of the Clink
--Huge rant, sorry -- (Don't know how to do LJ cuts)|
Honestly surprised there hasn't been one made before. Hell, even in World of Warcraft there's a guild called 'Fatal Centrelink Error.'
I've been working on and off for about 3 or 4 years- each time I've been out of work I've applied to Centrelink for dole payments, for various reasons, and using various avenues.
Maybe, all up, I've applied about 10 times.
I am 20 years old. Centrelink say, for Youth Allowance/Newstart Allowance you either have to be 21, or prove your indepndence somehow. (My parents apparently earn too much money for me to get Youth Allowance as a dependant child).
Apparently, living 1400kms away from your parents doesn't make you independent. I was living in Sydney, applied for the dole twice over there, as I lost a couple of jobs due to my broken back.
Apparently having worked on and off for 2+ years doesn't make you independent.
No, you've got to have worked fulltime for 18 months since leaving school, or have earnt $17k in that 18 month period.
They wouldn't touch me with a 10ft pole.
I have a broken back- I apply for a disability pension.
No- doc has to say I can't work for 2 years or more to be able to get it. Doc reckons I'll be back to work within the year, so I apply for Sickness benefits (unable to work for periods of under 2 years). Guess what? Yet again, I have to prove my independence.
I'm not exactly sure where Centrelink get the idea that parents WANT to keep wiping their children's arses until they're 21, but mine certainly don't.
6 months ago- my parents split up. You beauty I thought, Single Parent income- I can actually damn well get a payment. I found a job though, moved 1400kms in the OTHER direction this time, but ended up moving back home 3 weeks later due to a broken hand, finding I couldn't work for 6 weeks.
So I apply to Centrelink, again.
Despite the fact that my parents have split up... I still can't get any goddamn payment. Dad left mum with nothing but a mortgage. They give us these damn forms to fill out- detailing EVERY SINGLE CENT the whole family has spent over the past TWO YEARS on EVERYTHING- and I mean EVERYTHING. Bills, food, gifts, toilet paper, the whole deal. Who the HELL has a record of every dollar they've spent on EVERYTHING for the past 2 years?
Needless to say, we couldn't fill it out, and the person I had on my case refused to offer assistance, telling me that my Mum had to come in to the office one day and get someone else to help her fill out the forms. WTF?! Hello, she still needs to work, when the hell is she supposed to find time to come in?
And pray tell, what the hell is to gain from that anyway? I mean, Dad was HERE for the past 2 years- so that says nothing. The fact is, he's gone now, Mum earns barely enough to feed my brother and I each week, what has the past 2 years got to do with anything?
I hate Centrelink. Each time I have to speak to a fucktard, either on the phone or in person, I grow angrier and angrier. Noone seems to want to help, or even remotely gives a shit.
My hand has now healed, and I am looking for work, but in the meantime... My credit card has overdrawn again (fees), I have unpaid bills, and debt collectors on my arse once more.
What REALLY annoys me though, is seeing drop-kicks get a payment at the drop of a hat. People who have no desire to look for work, just sit back and wait for their dole payment every fortnight so they can buy cigarettes, Jim Beam and dope.
WHERE IS THE JuSTICE?!