Posted by: justal
Posted: 24th Mar 2020
What worried me more than a week ago and now even more so, was how many people would be out of work when restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, casinos etc were told to close their doors. How would these people be able to survive. Well today we know that the sheer number of people already out of a job here in Australia, and their need for Centrelink assistance, was, at the admission of the government, under estimated. The result was queues of people that waited 5 hours or more at Centrelink offices, because the MyGov website crashed for a second day making it impossible to make a claim on line. Also it was no good trying to phone the lines were jammed. What did the government think would happen, I’m not saying these measures should not have been taken, of course they should, but how did they think a system, which is normally horrendously slow and inefficient, would cope with an extra 200000 people trying to get assistance. Might sound simplistic, but how about giving a couple of hundred jobs to these newly unemployed, in the Centrelink call centres, so claims can be processed quickly. So the governments instruction to keep distance between you and anybody else, was impossible for those waiting in queues hundreds of meters long. This is only the first few days, imagine what it will be like in a few weeks. This is really frightening.