our tax dollars at work

Australian IT - Centrelink's $5.3m website (James Riley, MARCH 16, 2004). Also goes a long way to explaining why Centrelink can't find its own arse with two hands; let alone track how much money they're giving to people who need it to eat. Of course then they cover up their fuckups by blaming recipients for the errors and punishing them - eg. by cutting their payments to even further below the poverty line. Centrelink is, of course, primarily tasked with making unemployment so unendurably horrible and dehumanising that you will take any job to get out of the system. Working the graveyard shift in a shitty greasepit fast food joint starts looking like paradise compared dealing with Centrelink; even if you do have postgrad qualifications.


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