:: Friday, November 22, 2002
the CENTRELINK RANT
as anyone who's ever dealt with these idiots.. they continually do you the run-around for the most meaningless of reasons..
(for those of you overseas - CENTRELINK is Australia's "social security", or "unemployment benefits"..)
now.. I've got part time work, at the moment.. I'm upto my eyeballs in it..
producing Chemistry text books / CD-ROMS, designing posters / flyers / 1/4 page adverts for various Adelaide bands, working on my own music - doing live gigs.. etc.. etc.. so, I get "unemployment benefits".. to fill those gaps in my livelyhood which my part-time contract work can't.. it's about a 50 / 50 mix..
yet.. occassionally I'll get some demented letter from CENTRELINK, where they'll tell me I've been signed up (ie: involuntarily) to a service to "help find me work" this is actually code for - "you turn up to some office at 9AM.. spend a few hours learning how to write resumes and search for job ads" (all this crap I already know full well how to do).. and if you don't turn up to said office.. they cancel your payments..
nice for their paperwork.. but totally useless and a complete nuisance to me..
so.. everytime I get one of these letters.. (and I've received them quite often), I ring up CENTRELINK.. tell them in plain / simple / easy to follow English (that even an idiot can understand).. that.. I currently AM doing work.. and so, shouldn't be signed onto a service to help me FIND work.. when it's not gonna do me any good, but instead get in the way of me DOING my work..
so.. of course they then tell me (rather helpfully), that they'll get me OFF that service and I hang up the phone.. satisfied that I've solve the problem..
yet, you wonder why I have to keep telling these idiots to cancel these things, when they should in fact be keeping a record of all this paperwork which I send them on a fortnightly basis.. telling them.. "I'M DOING PART-TIME WORK!!"
like all government departments it seems.. they're good at collecting tonnes of useless paperwork.. but hopeless at actually keeping track of it..
now, I rang CENTRELINK last week (on Monday), when I received ANOTHER one of these letters to tell them to cancel the interview I wuz MEANT to attend this FRIDAY.. about "helping to find me work". They said they'll get me off the list.. and they'll ring me back (Tuesday last week) to confirm. Since then of course, I haven't heard a word from them.. no phonecall Tuesday, nothing.
But, I assume.. they've done wot I asked them.. (since they SAID they'll do it) and the interview is cancelled.. it's their problem now, I shouldn't need to deal with it from this point on.. (well.. you'd think.. right?)
but.. I wont be surprised if I end up getting my payment cancelled.. because.. surprise surprise.. CENTRELINK collected my request, didn't do anything about it.. forgot about it.. and then get a call from the service complaining I didn't turn up to the interview.. and I get punished for it..
so.. anywaze, I'll see tomorrow if it all works out..
(usually does, but DAMN these fuckers get me paranoid sometimes..)
:: Spoz 12:27 AM |