URGENT UPDATE (18/12/2008): This letter is actually being sent to four million pensioners and other welfare recipients AND two million families AND an estimated 20% to support persons for the pensioners alone – at $1.32 per letter – that’s almost ELEVEN MILLION DOLLARS spent telling six million Australians something that has been in the press, on the TV and on the radio since October. Well done, Mr. Rudd and Mr. Swann.
What else could we have done with Eleven Million Dollars – as a one off payment? Any comments?
URGENT UPDATE (18/12/2008) : This letter is actually being sent to every person who is going to receive the benefit. Using Peter Garrett’s figure of 4,000,000 recipients and an estimated 20% having a copy sent to an associated person or organization, (at an estimated cost of $1.32 per letter) – the Federal Government has spent well over SIX MILLION DOLLARS just telling recipients that they are going to get the money. Added to all the radio, TV and newspaper advertising, this campaign by the Federal Government is costing………HOW MUCH???????? This is a serious question for a Senate Review Committee.
Tell your Federal Member of Parliament that this money (spent promoting the Federal Government’s actions) should have been better spent.
Get their email address from this link to the Australian Parliament House.
11/12/2008 Today, I received a copy of a letter sent to one of my clients on the apparent “joint letterhead” of The Hon Jenny Macklin MP and Senator The Hon Joe Ludwig, with a Centrelink address in NSW (2143). In the letter, they “advise” my client that she will receive either the single or the married Economic Security Strategy Payment, depending on her marital status, as the holder of a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.
Since her benefit was not quoted, it appears that the privacy rules prevented them from looking at the Centrelink data base, even though they quoted her Centrelink CRN and sourced her mailing address from there.
At an estimated cost of $1.32 per letter (accessing data base, printing, packaging, postage) being sent to 320,000 individuals and probably another 100,000 being sent to their nominees means that, for CSHC holders alone, over $500,000 has been spent promoting the Federal Politicians, using Centrelink’s data base and undoubtedly Centrelink’s budget.
If it was indeed necessary to do this mailout through Centrelink, it should have been done on Centrelink letterhead – not that of Federal Politicians – Ministers or not.
This is blatant politicking, of the worst kind, after all the media, TV and radio press regarding these payments. It is a political rort and political rot!
We would love to hear what you think about this!