What is it with the morally bankrupt LNP, that they think it’s OK to attack the sick, the elderly and the disabled ❓
I mean really; we know about their efforts to cut pensions 👿 when they promised no changes 😯 and we know about all the other cuts that they promised they wouldn’t do… and then did 😈 , we know about the lies and spin that we were subjected to 🙄 and we know about the LNP rorts, as highlighted by that doyen of the born to rule set, one Bronnie “Helmet Hair” Bitch-chops 👿 , but what we didn’t hear about was the changes to the criteria for gaining access to the DSP 😯
Under the evil 👿 and twisted 😈 oversight of the then minister for social services, the hugely incompetent and heartless Kevin Andrews, along with the rest of the soulless and totally amoral LNP’ers, not only was the Centrelink budget cut, but the criteria by which applicants for the DSP were toughened to the point that many will be dead before they will ever qualify! 😦
Now I know that some may think I’m making wild and unsubstantiated claims, but sadly I can speak with some authority on this subject, after spending nearly 18 months, trying, in vain, to help get my BI onto the DSP.
Now let me paint a picture for you 😉
A man who has spent his entire life working and paying tax, as a truck driver/plant operator, wakes up one day, blind in his right eye, and after going through all the tests, is informed that he has had a stroke in his eye, and can no longer work as a professional driver, and will only be allowed a restricted licence.
He struggles on for a year, or so, trying to get work as a courier driver, using his own ute, until he ends up in hospital with severe asthma and emphysema.
He can no longer work!
His only option to survive is to sell up everything and move a thousand + klms south, away from his friends and life, to live with his sister and brother in law, which he does.
Once settled, he applies for the DSP, which despite all the evidence from the hospital, and his GP, is quickly rejected, and he is placed on Newstart, which is much less per fortnight than the DSP.
He then receives a text message, telling him that he has to report to a “Disability” jobs network provider, who will try to find him a job!
Despite a severe lack of confidence for driving in traffic, he arrives at the appointment, stressed out and struggling to breathe, and was immediately sent home again, as he was obviously too sick to even go through the initial interview, and told to get a doctors certificate, to excuse him from further appointments for 3 months, which he did.
Centrelink was given a copy of the doctors certificate, which they promptly rejected, and sent him another text message and letter telling him that if he didn’t go to his appointments with the Job network, his “Newstart” allowance would be cut!
After numerous cancelled appointments due to ill health and even hospitalisation, and a number of submissions from the the Jobs network officers, telling Centrelink that they are wasting their time, and would not be able to find him work, and recommending that he be transferred onto the DSP… He’s still on Newstart!
And the question is, WHY?
It’s hard to know how much it costs to keep a “client” on the books of these “Jobs Network” providers, but would it be less than the difference between Newstart and the DSP?… I doubt it!
Is it in the best interests of the “client”?… Definitely not!
Is it improving the quality of life for these people, many of whom are already dying from terminal diseases, while others are in a state of terminal despair?… NO
This is just one story of many 😡
And just today I heard a very disturbing report, from a credible source, in the medical field, that there are changes afoot, from the 1st of October, which may strip some carers of their Pensions/payments/allowance, and force the frail, the elderly and disabled to access their care, not from their loved ones/ carers, but from such organisations as blue care and other paid (by the recipient) care givers, and the community nurses, who are all already grossly under resourced, and over worked.
Now I’m still trying to verify this information, so I can’t say for certain that the report is 100% correct, but with Scott Morescum, now in charge of the welfare portfolio, and the Abbott’s LNP… anything’s possible 👿
As many of you know, my sister was recently out from the UK, and when the talk turned to politics 😯 one of the first things she said was that the Tories in the UK are trying to kill off the elderly, the sick and disabled, with similar policies to those of the LNP over here 👿
Is this the kind of Australia the we want, for our elderly, sick and disabled?
Is this the kind of Australia that, past generations of Australians fought and died to protect?
Is this the kind of Australia that we want for our kids and grandkids?
And is it any wonder that many call the LNP:
The Lying Nasty People?