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Lanyon bogans coming North for their Centrelink needs! (And Civic Medicare to close)

By johnboy - 21 June 2012 33

Senator Humphries has the chilling news that the Lanyon Centrelink shopfront is being closed in July with horrible consequences for the city as their clients are forced further afield to secure their hand outs!

“The Lanyon Centrelink has been servicing customers since 1999 and today we find out that that service will be gone by this time next month. The Civic Medicare, servicing roughly 400 customers per day, will be shut in August, severely affecting city workers who might want to lodge a claim with Medicare in their lunchtime.

“This is an extraordinary decision – Medicare Civic serves 100,000 customers a year!

“These Human Services shopfronts provide a vital service to Canberrans, but with almost no notice and no explanation the Government has decided they have to go. It’s clear what’s happening here – just another desperate dash for cash”.

The Government has previously claimed that cuts to departmental budgets and the increased efficiency dividend would not result in any reduction in services.

Moving on to the Civic Medicare, where’s the nearest alternative?

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poetix 1:28 pm 26 Jun 12

I asked at the Medicare office in Civic today and they are definitely moving to the Braddon Centrelink in a couple of months. And they will no longer give back cash in a month, just EFT to bank accounts.

Mysteryman 2:48 pm 22 Jun 12

Gershwin said :

Mysteryman said :

Gershwin said :

…The idea that this is a “Gillard government” thing is laughable… implementing the ongoing co-location of Department of Human Services services branded as Centrelink, Medicare Australia, and Child Support Agency. This has been happening all over the country for the past three years and would not be linked to the current budget environment.

Actually it’s entirely a Gillard government thing.

The Human Services Legislation Amendment Act 2011 integrated the services of Centrelink, Medicare Australia and CRS Australia into the Department of Human Services, with effect from 1 July 2011. It originated as the Human Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 – introduced after Gillard took office.

Nope. The integration of the service delivery portfolio was announced by Chris Bowen, the then-Minister for Human Services, on 16 December 2009:

http://www.chrisbowen.net/media-centre/speeches.do?newsId=2809

The co-location of services and thr development of the Bill started from around that time. The Act formally integrated the agencies into one department – which is a separate matter than simply having them sitting together.

Prime Minister Gillard was sworn in on 24 June 2010.

Labor government, yes. Gillard government, no.

There you have it. Thanks for the correction.

Madam Cholet 2:30 pm 22 Jun 12

Chainsaw? Axe? Just waht is the correct tool to take to the PS with?

KB1971 1:26 pm 22 Jun 12

You know Johnboy, Lanyon “bogans” are everywhere…………..I have my sights set on the eagles nest as I type…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I-filed 1:08 pm 22 Jun 12

Issue comes to mind immediately: will people who have jobs (and little time) have to queue along with welfare recipients (who surely have plenty of time)? Medicare needs to service people who are nipping in during lunch or taking a bit of precious time out of their working day to get their refund. I don’t think it’s fair to treat them the same as Newstart/pensioner/sole parent beneficiaries.

Jim Jones 1:07 pm 22 Jun 12

Antagonist said :

Jim Jones said :

The Libs are promising to make cutbacks to the public service that pale in comparison to what’s occurring under Labor.

This one has been around since Moses. And oddly enough, the sky has not fallen yet. Not even when Howard was supposed to take to the APS with a chainsaw.

No, the sky hasn’t fallen in. But it’s all on the record that the Libs will take to the public service with an axe if (when) they get in. If (when) this happens, service delivery will necessarily suffer.

Howard did take to the public service when he got in, and the effects were felt very strongly by Canberra. Of course, after the initial purge, there were a number of years where the public service grew again. I daresay this would happen following a Liberal government.

They all love to talk about small government and the evil shiny-bums that don’t live in ‘Real Australia TM’, but they need a public service to provide the services (and electoral bribes) that the population has come to expect.

EvanJames 12:57 pm 22 Jun 12

Basilbrush said :

Darkfalz said :

Been lodging online for a couple of years. Money straight into my bank the next day, much easier.

Me too…..saves so much time and hassle – plus you don’s spend the money straight away like I used to do

That’s half the fun! Leave work to visit doctor. Get doctor’s bill and CASH in the pocket straight away. Beeline to the pub.

Antagonist 12:15 pm 22 Jun 12

Jim Jones said :

The Libs are promising to make cutbacks to the public service that pale in comparison to what’s occurring under Labor.

This one has been around since Moses. And oddly enough, the sky has not fallen yet. Not even when Howard was supposed to take to the APS with a chainsaw.

Gershwin 12:05 pm 22 Jun 12

Mysteryman said :

Gershwin said :

…The idea that this is a “Gillard government” thing is laughable… implementing the ongoing co-location of Department of Human Services services branded as Centrelink, Medicare Australia, and Child Support Agency. This has been happening all over the country for the past three years and would not be linked to the current budget environment.

Actually it’s entirely a Gillard government thing.

The Human Services Legislation Amendment Act 2011 integrated the services of Centrelink, Medicare Australia and CRS Australia into the Department of Human Services, with effect from 1 July 2011. It originated as the Human Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 – introduced after Gillard took office.

Nope. The integration of the service delivery portfolio was announced by Chris Bowen, the then-Minister for Human Services, on 16 December 2009:

http://www.chrisbowen.net/media-centre/speeches.do?newsId=2809

The co-location of services and thr development of the Bill started from around that time. The Act formally integrated the agencies into one department – which is a separate matter than simply having them sitting together.

Prime Minister Gillard was sworn in on 24 June 2010.

Labor government, yes. Gillard government, no.

Thumper 12:05 pm 22 Jun 12

EvanJames said :

If Humphries thinks people are silly enough to believe that an Abbott government would provide better services for the downtrodden, he needs his head read.

But of course, this is not the issue.

The issue is that the current government has closed it down.

Jim Jones 11:46 am 22 Jun 12

EvanJames said :

If Humphries thinks people are silly enough to believe that an Abbott government would provide better services for the downtrodden, he needs his head read.

+1

The Libs are promising to make cutbacks to the public service that pale in comparison to what’s occurring under Labor.

Basilbrush 11:34 am 22 Jun 12

Darkfalz said :

Been lodging online for a couple of years. Money straight into my bank the next day, much easier.

Me too…..saves so much time and hassle – plus you don’s spend the money straight away like I used to do

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