BENNELONG’S CENTRELINK WAIT TIMES UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT
Senator for New South Wales, Senator the Hon Marise Payne is calling on the Albanese Labor Government to release information about how long locals are having to wait for vital social security payments during the cost of living crisis.
A series of detailed questions have been submitted in the Parliament, asking the Minister for Government Services Bill Shorten to provide key data on how Services Australia – the government agency which delivers government services and payments – is treating residents in Bennelong.
Senator for New South Wales, Senator the Hon Marise Payne said transparency is an important step in supporting vulnerable people in Bennelong.
“The cost of living crisis means more people are reaching out for help, so we need to make sure that the federal government is delivering services and payments smoothly and quickly to residents in Bennelong,” Senator the Hon Marise Payne said.
“That’s why the Coaliton have formally asked Minister Bill Shorten to provide us with official data about how long it’s taking for locals to get the help they need when they make a claim or visit a Centrelink office.
“Unfortunately, Labor’s recent Budget didn’t provide any plan to address the cost of living crisis, so this information will help give a fuller picture on how our community is coping at a local level and whether support is getting to where it’s needed.
“I recently met with the Christian Community Aid Service who has seen the volume of at-risk individuals and families in the Parramatta and Ryde areas drastically increase. They have risen to the occasion to support these people, whilst the Government continues to have no plan to address the cost of living crisis.”
Shadow Minister for Government Services, Paul Fletcher, said Australians deserve seamless, simple and safe service delivery from government.
“The federal government must ensure people are spending less time on the phone or in a queue at Centrelink and more time in a job,” Mr Fletcher said.
“Unfortunately, Labor’s track record isn’t great – in February this year it was revealed that over 2.1 million Australians chose to terminate a call rather than wait on the phone to Centrelink.
“But there also needs to be a strong focus on enhancing digital platforms like MyGov, so more Australians can access vital information at their fingertips.”