i’m so over hearing all this shit on the news lately about Centrelink making cutbacks to people who are on benefits and are under the assumption that everyone who receives benefits are fucking rorting the system.
I am one of those people receiving benefits, I have been for the past 9 months or so, and not once have I ever mis-used the “whopping” $530 I receive fortnightly. Thank god I don’t have a family to support or a car to run because it’s seriously not enough money and Abbott wants to decrease it even further and it looks like, cut it out all together.
I’ve been through hell and back with my mental illness, especially this year, and I have had to provide mountains of paperwork to support my claim of anxiety and depression which I think is utterly appalling. Just because I’m not walking in there with a severed limb or worker’s comp paperwork DOES NOT mean that I should be exempt from help and support.
I’ve recently been discharged from a mental health unit, am back on my medication and am working in conjunction with my psychologist and psychiatrist. I have started working out again to get those endorphins pumping, I have completely stopped smoking pot and I am working with an employment agency to get my resume in order and start looking for work again, even though I am currently exempt from job seeking.
This ends in May for me and according to Centrelink, by this time, I should have gotten my shit together, have gotten over said mental illness and be capable to do 30 hours of work per week, which I think is an absolute fucking joke.
Perhaps, to some of you reading this, you’re currently thinking “well that’s a normal working week” but for someone who hasn’t worked in almost a year, it’s a very daunting prospect. My employment consultant rang me and said that they did not accept my paperwork to decrease my hours and this instantly got me anxious and stressed. All I am asking for is a decrease to 15 working hours per week so that I am able to ease my way back in to the workforce. I honestly don’t think that that’s such an unreasonable request. I WANT TO GET BACK TO WORK, hence why I’m with the agency but forcing me to do hours that I’m incapable of doing will only exacerbate my condition.
I’ve come such a long way in only a month and a bit, I’m so incredibly proud of myself. I’m taking all the right actions to improve myself, both mentally and physically, and the fact that I’m working with the employment agency, of my own volition, should prove to fucking Centrelink that I’m working as hard as I can and that I’m using their services appropriately.
I see so many fucking people down at Centrelink who are dodgy as fuck; pulling up in insanely expensive cars, coming in with fresh tattoos or buying their little kids new Nike shoes, that they’ve ruined it for the rest of us who sincerely need help. I am so offended by what I hear and see on the news lately. I DON’T want to be on benefits. I’m not proud that I am taking tax payer’s hard-earned money, I used to be one of those people and can certainly empathise with their frustration but I am trying extremely hard and am exhausting all avenues to get better.
So, dear media and Centrelink stop fucking dissing people who currently claim benefits and perhaps actually acknowledge that there’s not enough Government support, money-wise, for people who genuinely need help. I’m quite certain that by the time I reach my 70s there will be no pension either, which is truly disgusting.
This Abbott Government DOES NOT want to help their nation’s people. We’re all swept under the rug in order for them to “save money”, a.k.a travel for free and dip into their superannuation early, even though the rest of us can’t have access to their hard-earned money til we’ve retired.
I’ve provided ample documentation to support evidence of my mental illness, which they hounded me for and took them two weeks to process, and I’m sick of people discounting it as a genuine disease.
We’re all not “doll-bludgers” fucking Australian media/Government. Perhaps spend less energy discounting those who are genuine, fucking actually process people’s paperwork on time and maybe take a trek around some suburbs and see how some people on benefits live.
Call me crazy, but how can someone on benefits live in a shit box and have two fucking Mercs out the front of their house? Money being mis-used? Surely not…