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Rudd’s thousand dollar Chrissy present

By tastyjam - 25 December 2008 85

A friend of mine recently got a cool thousand dollars in his bank account without knowing why or who. We considered that maybe his mother transferred it in as an early Chrissy present, or maybe just because she was a little high. We also considered that it could be part of Kevin Rudd’s thousand dollar economical security payouts, but given he’s 19 years old and not receiving benefits, it didn’t really seem to fit the bill. I googled Kev’s payout and couldn’t find anything that would indicate that he would be eligible.

Surely enough, though, soon he got a letter in the mail from Centrelink claiming responsibility for the thousand dollar payout. It claimed that he was eligible for this payout because he was receiving Youth Allowance on October the 14th 2008.

I then compared myself, who didn’t get the payout, to my friend who did. He is literally one day younger than me and we have both at one point in time, received Youth Allowance. The only difference between us is that I began full time employment last year and have been working full-time ever since, thus being ineligible for Youth Allowance, while he has a casual job at McDonalds and still gets the benefits.

My point in this rant is; why does the eligibility for this payment depend solely on whether the individual was receiving Youth Allowance on a particular date? Youth Allowance is paid to a variety of people, some mean well and are studying or just doing it tough, but others are just too lazy to get a full time job – and these people will be rewarded with a thousand dollar payout. To me, than plan is a little flawed.

[ED (Kramer) – Not entirely Canberra related, but it’s a really, really slow news day. So back to the beer and prawns!]

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Rudd’s thousand dollar Chrissy present
2604 5:07 pm 26 Dec 08

Pommy bastard said :

2604 said :

What, give taxpayer’s money back to taxpayers? You mean those that actually work for a living and create the country’s wealth? What an absurd notion. Far better to give it to junkies and dole claimants so they can waste it…..

Fortunately, PB, very little of our hard-earned taxpayer’s money actually goes to “junkies and dole claimants”.

Skidbladnir 12:07 pm 26 Dec 08

In answer to your “Why a particular date?” question, because thats the date that the announcement was made on, so it will use Centrelink\FAO\Disability Support census data as at that date. 😛

From the eligibility criteria:

The Economic Security Strategy Payment is a lump sum payment from the Australian Government to eligible seniors, pensioners, people with disability, veterans, carers and families.

Who is eligible for the payment?

You may receive the one-off payment if, on 14 October 2008, you were eligible to receive one of the payments listed below:

Age Pension
Disability Support Pension
Carer Payment
Wife and Widow B Pension
Partner, Widow and Bereavement Allowance
Veterans’ Affairs Service Pensioners
Veterans Income Support Supplement.

You may also receive the one-off payment if, on 14 October 2008, you:

held a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
held a Veterans’ Gold Card and were also eligible for Seniors Concession Allowance
were of age pension age and eligible to receive Parenting Payment, Special Benefit, Austudy or ABSTUDY Living Allowance.
If you received Carer Allowance for 14 October 2008, you will receive the one-off payment for each eligible person in your care.
How much is the payment?
If you are eligible, you will receive $1,400 if you are single, or $1,050 for each eligible member of a couple. Carer Allowance customers will receive $1,000 for each eligible person in their care.

When will it be paid?
The one-off payments will be paid in the fortnight beginning 8 December 2008, with most payments received by 19 December 2008.

Jonathon Reynolds 11:50 am 26 Dec 08

A flyer I picked up in Myer on Wednesday: http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/9771/myerli8.jpg
Those who got the “Pennies from Kevin” could make it worth an additional 10%

Genie 10:24 am 26 Dec 08

People on youth allowance weren’t entitled to the $1k payout…

I believe it was only given to people who have children and the oldies, disabled etc.

Pommy bastard 9:29 am 26 Dec 08

2604 said :

Generally, though, the $10.4 billion would have been far better spent on income tax relief – preferably combined with an increased tax on consumption.

What, give taxpayer’s money back to taxpayers? You mean those that actually work for a living and create the country’s wealth? What an absurd notion. Far better to give it to junkies and dole claimants so they can waste it…..

farout 8:08 am 26 Dec 08

Thats just Rudd&co (aka Robin Hood and his merry men in tights) pandering to their vote-bank.

Mr Waffle 2:29 am 26 Dec 08

They probably give it to youth allowance-users because they know they’ll blow it all on boxes of cheap noodles, video games and a hellva lot of booze. None of this squirreling it away for a rainy day business that the oldies would do with it!

2604 11:50 pm 25 Dec 08

While I am not sure why youth allowance recipients are getting this cash, I don’t begrudge them the handout. The majority of them are students and I can still remember being a student and having $4 in hand after paying my rent, transport and groceries for the week.

Generally, though, the $10.4 billion would have been far better spent on income tax relief – preferably combined with an increased tax on consumption.

xxxxx 11:02 pm 25 Dec 08

Could anyone link the eligibility requirements? I had a look but couldn’t find anything about youth allowance payouts. A thousand dollars would really come in handy. Thanks!

ant 9:50 pm 25 Dec 08

agree, Nyssa. This whole handout thing is out of control, and it’s not going to end well. I resent big bundles of money going to people who don’t actually need it, while people like the pensioners are really struggling. I resent my tax money being given to people who have mortgages that I will never be in a position to afford, while people who contributed to this country can’t eat meat every week.

It’s all wrong, but it will be a brave government that cuts off the cash to the greedy people with their grasping hands.

jakez 9:22 pm 25 Dec 08

I know someone who apparently spent the vast majority of the money on drugs. I guess he was technically doing exactly what Kevin Rudd asked of him.

Incidentally, this is yet another reason why I am a libertarian…not to harp about it or anything…

nyssa76 4:49 pm 25 Dec 08

Steady Eddie and to think someone had nothing else to do on Christmas Day than to whinge about ‘whingers’.

Oh and my Christmas Day was two days ago with the rellies due to a family member going interstate to see their in-laws.

Not everyone celebrates Christmas Day on December 25th and some celebrate it at least three times.

bubzie 4:27 pm 25 Dec 08

YES!! on that day, i didnt earn youth allowance, because oh, the week before was school holidays, and i had worked too much.

So yes..i can agree completely with this 🙁

Steady Eddie 4:24 pm 25 Dec 08

Boy, to think someone had nothing else to do on Xmas Day but to post these whinges.

nyssa76 1:03 pm 25 Dec 08

It’s worse when the money goes to known drug addicts because they ‘have a child’ who hasn’t been taken off them by Care and Protection yet.

AND if that child has a special need, they get another $1000 per child.

For point of reference, see my sister.

On the other hand, I have an 80yo grandfather who has fought in two wars for this country, paid taxes and has never broken the law. Both him and his wife (my step-grandmother) received $1400.

They are the type of people who do deserve some extra cash, particularly at Christmas.

On a personal note, I have 3 kids. I work 2 jobs and my husband is in the Defence Force. We didn’t get the money nor did we need it or want it.

The system is flawed when lazy bludgers, who’ve never had a job in their lives, get a handout.

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