Opinion

MY SAY: We should leave our disabled alone

Josh Miletic has to prove he can't work as part of a new government review even though he was born with severe disabilities.Josh is pictured with his mother Anna
Josh Miletic has to prove he can't work as part of a new government review even though he was born with severe disabilities.Josh is pictured with his mother Anna Warren Lynam

WHAT on earth was our government thinking when it decide to "investigate" people receiving a Disability Support Pension?

I am sure there are people getting the pension who don't deserve it.

But what the 90,000 letters sent to people on the pension, including Sippy Downs' Josh Miletic, is puts unnecessary anguish on many who have enough to deal with.

I wonder if the total amount taken by those rorting the pension anywhere near compares to the amount our pollies are rorting with their lurks and perks and questionable entitlements.

The $700 a fortnight pension probably wouldn't even pay for one helicopter ride.

And I just don't think Malcolm Turnbull and his government have any idea how much anguish their hair-brained scheme has caused genuine recipients and their parents who face a daily battle as it is.

I reckon it would cost the government even more to try and manage the job schedules if it did manage to find work for someone like Josh who has chronic medical needs.

The government wants to encourage people to get eight hours work a week. That sure doesn't sound like a lot.

But how are those people going to get to and from their jobs and their interviews to get their jobs?

It will become another burden on their overburdened parents.

Getting a pension is not easy in the first place and has checks and balances in place. That, for me, is enough.

Topics:  centrelink disability support pension malcolm turnbull


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