‘Kathryn‘ (not her real name) died last week.
Who was Kathryn?
She was a beneficiary who battled the cruelty of the neoliberal welfare state. Read in horror at what those maggots did to her…
In August 2015 I sat through a whole day of hearing in the High Court on this sad case. What a convoluted sets of arguments were expounded to justify the punitive approach taken by the Crown. That was the latest court event in a 15 year saga in which an unwell beneficiary is being pursued for the repayment of $20 a week.
Her debt arose from an accusation by an ex-partner that she had been receiving the Domestic Purposes Benefit over five years in the 1990s, alleging she was with him. She has always denied she was in a relationship in the nature of marriage in that period.
Unlike so many others who are told to plead guilty and show remorse to secure a lighter sentence, she refused to take that path and spent 6 months in prison even though she had a five year-old at the time. Her family have suffered enormously and unjustly.
A prison sentence was not enough for the MSD who have insisted she still owes them $117,000.
…MSD claimed ‘Kathryn’ owed them $117000 in penalties and overpayments from a supposed relationship she had with a violent partner which she always denied having…
The costs to government let alone society to date have been huge. Some of the monetary costs are the Crown Law outlay of $85,000 for the last 15 years of Civil proceedings for debt recovery, the $11,000 for the costs of criminal prosecution before that, and an estimated $50,000 for the incarceration.
…when asked by the Judge why the MSD was chasing a beneficiary like Kathryn for $117 000 that she could never ever pay back, the scum maggot from Crown Law said, ‘in case she wins lotto’!!!!!!!
…MSD was chasing a terminally ill beneficiary for a ridiculous $117000 debt that should never have occurred in the first place because she wasn’t in a relationship with the abusive partner BECAUSE she might win Lotto???
Who are these pieces of filth?
Kathryn has died, and I would suspect these maggots will turn whatever tiny fraction of estate she has over to claw back whatever they can.
Kathryn deserved to be looked after by the welfare state, not persecuted and enslaved in a life of debt that only a lotto win might save her from.
Who have we become as a people when such injustice towards the most vulnerable becomes the standard?