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    Quote Originally Posted by OurLittleBlessing View Post
    I'm interested to hear from some of the BH social workers about their views on this. Anyone online?
    I had a conversation with a social worker when this was on ACA the other night. Their opinion was that it should be on a case by case basis mainly due to the fact that many people are honest.

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    Do you pay tax off Centrelink payments? I receive Family Tax Benefit at the moment and didn't think it was taxable. Are some taxable and other not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Secret of Cleo View Post
    Do you pay tax off Centrelink payments? I receive Family Tax Benefit at the moment and didn't think it was taxable. Are some taxable and other not?
    FTB is a tax "refund", so it's not income for taxation purposes. New start, austudy, parenting payment etc. are income, so taxable the same as any other income.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelle65 View Post
    FTB is a tax "refund", so it's not income for taxation purposes. New start, austudy, parenting payment etc. are income, so taxable the same as any other income.
    Ok. Good to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mama and her little bear View Post
    This scheme has already shown not to work in the communities it has been implemented in, instead children go without even more, the crime rate increases and the drugs and alcohol are still being.consumed.

    It doesn't work plain and simple, take a look at remote communities using these schemes and you SEE it doesn't work.

    And neglect, child abuse and addicts come from all walk of life, let's have the govt control everybody income then the children would surely not go without hey?
    I do a lot of work in remote indigenous communities (not in the social work area though) and the anecdotal evidence I have heard is that it is working for some people in these communities.

    It has been in for quite awhile, but is only applied to certain people who are on income management programs. I am sure it is rorted by some people, but I also know of others who are happy to have it as it means they are not constantly hounded by their extended families for cash.

    In certain circumstances (and if you have spent any time in remote communities you will know some of those) I think it is another option to consider. I can't see it ever being implemented as a standard procedure for everyone.

    I don't think it is unreasonable to expect that benefits be used to feed and cloth your family. If you are having trouble managing this then income management and basic cards are certainly a tool that may assist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Nette View Post
    It has been in for quite awhile, but is only applied to certain people who are on income management programs. I am sure it is rorted by some people, but I also know of others who are happy to have it as it means they are not constantly hounded by their extended families for cash.
    Yeps I've seen women's extended families (not their partner/mother/sister but aunty/cousin/uncle etc) take the birth centrelink paperwork before the baby is even a day old to Centrelink "to get sorted". Pretty sure it's not the medicare card that they wanted arranged as soon as possible......

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    Seems ironic though that the big chains are used as acceptable places..things are soo much more expensive there like fruit/veg/meat


 

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