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Shocking Number of Australians Cheating Welfare

Australia has one of the most generous welfare programs in the world. Although you’re unlikely to hear that from the socialist left-wing, who argue for ever more handouts for all.

But alongside Australia’s generous aid package for those in need, comes an unfortunate tendency by the unscrupulous to steal from the system.

And it’s happening far more often than you might think.

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The alarming number of Aussie’s cheating the system

According to the AAP, more than 70 people are caught ripping off the welfare system each day. Most of the offenders are falsely claiming to be single so they’ll get higher payments.

At least 26,000 people were busted for making false claims to Centrelink in the past year. The Commonwealth has clawed back $61 million to date.

And it’s more than just fines at stake. The AAP reports that a 76-year-old Victorian woman was sentenced to almost three years behind bars last month. This comes after she was convicted of fraudulently claiming $287,000 in benefits.

The woman said she was single. But it turns out she was in a relationship with a millionaire.

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Bernd Struben

Bernd Struben

Bernd Struben is the lead editor at The Australian Tribune. Bernd makes use of his extensive network to bring you the top stories you need to know about each day. Stories the mainstream may miss. Or bury somewhere you’re unlikely to ever read them. Bernd studied aerospace engineering and journalism at the University of Michigan, before graduating with a degree in economics. Over the past two decades he’s worked in media, management, and finance in the US, the Caribbean, Europe, and Australia. His other role, as the editor of the Port Phillip Insider, puts him in a unique position to read Australia’s most exclusive financial advice. Some of which he shares with readers of The Australian Tribune for free.
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  1. Gone are the days when one felt uneasy for applying for unemployment benefit. It was easy to police the fraud in those days.
    Times are different nowadays. We can all express our opinions as to why that is so, and here goes mine: In those days, most of the population had Australia at their hearts. Cheating your country felt like cheating yourself. Now, a great number of people have arrived with one aim; to help themselves, and if that means cheating, er, stealing or lying it somehow does not feel as defrauding your own country.
    Put yourself in the midst of the spectators at the soccer game; Australia v Lebanon last night, and the picture will becomes clearer. Makes you wonder: if Australia is to be involved in a war with a nation, would all of these expatriates voluntarily fight for Australia. I would say that too few would.

    1. Joe sadly you are right on the money and until we can brace ourselves to elect persons of substance to laud over us this predicament will continue on its merry way….and you have to remember those at Centrelink burdened with the task of controlling the rort are human and like us all capable of making mistakes…some big some small nevertheless mistakes which affect us all. Migrants from ‘survival mode’ countries are an obvious target for scrutiny whether they like it or not and should be more adequately investigated when applying in the first place…not rocket science really. Loyalty is under pressure everywhere today mainly because greed has taken a controlling foothold in most aspects of life brought on by weak measures involving government and jaundiced thinking by the do gooder brigade.

  2. Lets do the figures. 70 people/day = 24920/year. Out of 750,000 receiving the unemployment benefit, that is a figure of about 3%. Wow, what a shocking number. There are more rorters at the top end of town. If you look at welfare stats from other sources instead of headlines in the press, you will come to the conclusion that more than 95% of people on welfare do the right thing and are struggling. This dole bludger bashing bulldust is not helpful.