Apparently your average Australian thinks Centrelink penalties are too harsh, particular for a recipient's first breach. They also have an accurate understanding about the pitiful amount of money recipients are actually getting (in real terms it's below the poverty line IMHO). The dole will keep you alive, so long as you never get sick or injured and you never need to buy anything other than basic food items. My theory is that the whole system is designed to be so fucking horrible that people will do anything they can to get out of it.
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