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Your views: on Centrelink payments, Hutt St and Australia Post

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Today, readers comment on getting – and not getting – extra coronavirus income support, Hutt St issues and postal deliveries.

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Commenting on the story: Centrelink payment confusion but government promises no disadvantage

For the three adults in my family it has not been an issue; none of us have been able to successfully complete their application process and none of us have been able to get through to Centrelink.

Our next step is to go and line up.

We tighten our belts, cut back, look for work and keep trying.

What angers us most is that there seems to be no accountability taken for this mess by the Minister.

Given the media stories and social media comments I have seen, he surely does not have the confidence of the Australian public or at least those seeking the government’s support. – Chris Mesecke

What about people who couldn’t access their MyGov account to report either by phone or on the internet before the 27th.

People who reported the day before should have got their bonus $550 on the 27th, not from. That’s silly.

Now people will be short for another two weeks. Not good enough. I hope they get that backdated from the 27th to get paid what they missed out on. – Jason Weir

I am a mum with a disabled son, and being on a carer’s pension is extremely difficult – more so since this virus started.

The price of food and groceries etc have doubled, some places have tripled.

The supermarkets are putting whatever price they want on everything and it’s just ridiculous. It was hard enough living before on a pension but now it’s even harder.

Morrison should have looked out for the disabled a bit better because they can’t do it for themselves. – Dianne Whelan

I would like to know why the government are helping so many unemployed people, but the careers and disability pensioners missed out.

These people struggle day in, day in day out and struggle more through life especially if they are a carer as they have the struggles of caring not only for themselves but someone else too.

Be nice for the government to step up now and help these vulnerable people out too. – Jodie Palmer

The PM has repeatedly said payments amongst other things would  be in place for six months, however for example the coronavirus supplement he has said would only last till the end of Sept.

Now according to my calculations from 27April to the end of the month of Sept is only 5 months.

Additionally, the delay for some recipients in getting payment will make it even shorter for them.

It’s doesn’t seem fair and equitable, let alone trying to survive on false guarantees. – Keith Bancroft

Commenting on the story: Business support payments flow amid warnings of permanent job losses

I’m a council worker – supposedly an essential worker – but the council have reduced our hours by as much as 70%, currently only receiving 15 hours a week. 

Because l work for local government which comes under state government we are excluded from receiving any additional support. Terry Ebery

Commenting on the story: Hutt St Centre hits out at opponents after winning upgrade approval

I am a retired solicitor and recently needed the help of the centre.

There were no drunks nor drug users around the centre. The only drunks I have ever seen in that area came from the hotels/pubs/bars.

Not the poor and those in need of help. They simply don’t have the money. – Annette Callinan

Commenting on the story: Australia Post’s pandemic parcel boom

We live only 12 kms from Victor Harbor yet have post delivered only 3 times a week, which serves us well, so I’m sure that delivery of letters every other day will also serve the rest of the SA community well also. – Marilyn Henderson

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