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Confronting scenes outside Centrelink as desperate Australians camp out





Thousands of recently unemployed workers are queueing, and some camping, outside Centrelink offices across New South Wales and Victoria today.

Thousands of non-essential businesses were forced to close their doors this week, in line with government regulations to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The government doubled the Newstart allowance to $1100 a fortnight and has employed an extra 5,000 Centrelink staff members to deal with the increased demand.

The hospitality industry alone estimates 88,000 workers have already lost their jobs and estimates that number will rise by 200,000 in the coming weeks and months.

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27 comments

  1. No savings..cause why bother with neg intrest rates where you actually pay banks to have your money.

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  2. This is the mindset thats emerged since Howard days. Language like winners are grinners ..losers..gaming it..also onerous sharp pratices by corperations have made things tougher. New Zealand is creating a stronger more resiliant society with open frank and dare I say it KIND leadership. Not so very long ago a " battler" was respected and helped…now he is exploited with gouging and usuary and ridiculous govt fees outrageous rents and energy prices and punitive working arrangments . Kept subjued with cheap alchole ,gambling and trash products from asia.

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  3. Food coupon lines coming soon,I hope they getting ready for that,,,,😳😎

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  4. The latest Chinese product .

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  5. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind. Closing the country is not the way to go, human nature gets ugly in times of desperation. Yes people will die either way, but this is an attack on society and if they break the system who do you think it benefits? It certainly will not benefit the people.

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  6. Wake up my lovely people … this is not a global health crisis. It's a global economic crisis. If you can't see it for what it is then may God help you. Peace

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  7. Why does it seem like she is smiling or smirking?

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  8. same people bought all the toilet paper

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  9. no online, no phone wtf is wrong with our idiot govt. country is closed down what did they expect dimwits

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  10. why is the blond reporter smiling?

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  11. Register your mobile, we'll SMS when we can see you. No need for queue's. We will be calling in more staff and will be working 24 hour shifts to deal with the current problem. Our expert staff may even be able to deal with your needs over the phone

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  12. There standing next to each other and catching the virus pay them through the tax system before it's to late

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  13. The younger generation of Aussies have no idea the type of shitstorm they are in for soon … they have had it good for decades ..

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  14. Why don't the government just come out and announce. This is war. Germ Warfare from China.

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  15. Does that reporter actually thinks it’s funny , πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

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  16. Actually it was a virus attack – what a dumbass

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  17. No social distancing, barely anyone wearing the face mask..

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  18. This not a mass gathering

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  19. Trump talking days/weeks after 1st case from death bed to talking to family. These useless Australian Politicians still talking months. Sack the lot of the Masonic Trash. They're even talking a month before people get any $$$$ farkin joke keep the $$$ same tbey did 4 bushfire relief. Treason is Punishable by Hanging

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  20. Perhaps they better start the economy back up. More people spread the disease waiting in the dole line than they would if they were at work.

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  21. Half of them are Asians send the cunts home

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  22. All those essential manufacturing jobs that were shipped off shore by both sides of politics would be handy now

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  23. Corona causes a sore throat- people caused the recession

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  24. We lucky to have a Centrelink full stop

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  25. Why havnt the cunt government made it 3asy for people to apply

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  26. Still down over 24 hours…LOL Bad information systems and servers. Need to get in a good development team to implement some changes. Big Gov. Are not Agile adaptable enough to handle that upgrade. They will need to use a more longer drawn out method of development. They like overall costs upfront, etc… using a linear approach…more restrictive, not as dynamic. Not good for adapting new systems to the increase in users or feedback………. Imagine if Google / YouTube did that? Billions of hits a day. Big Gov. Can't even handle simple increase in demand for services. The system had too many user hits for data. Needs to be upgraded.

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  27. The stimulus is to keep big businesses ticking over so that Scummo's mates don't miss any of their private jet repayments. If you think this is to help the little guy then you are mistaken. QE is starting to prop up the Stock market and keep big multi nationals from failing. This will mean more political donations for the Scummo party.

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