TURNING BACK WELFARE FRAUD WILL NOT BE AS EASY AS TURNING BACK BOATS
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
The reshuffle sees Kelly O’Dwyer as a definite plus, Defence is way beyond Kevin Andrews’ ability and he will fail miserably. He will not withstand the might of a Defence bureaucracy that delights in chewing up and spitting out its Ministers. Peter Dutton takes on Immigration, but that's a job that’s already done.
The unspoken job description for Morrison is to rein in an epidemic of Islamic rorting of our welfare system and the disability boys out west had better start job hunting now while there’s still a few spots left with the ISIS.
Any Muslim who took the back door option to Australia, and there are 50,000 of them, learnt from those Muslims already here how to rort every cent possible from our welfare system.
There are an unsustainable 892,022 people on disability pensions right now and at last count that figure was increasing by more than 2,000 every week.
Complaints to Centrelink by doctors who have refused to give applicants disability certificates, despite letters of confirmation from Labor lawyers, are ignored. Middle Eastern “doctors” known to be complicit in the fraud go unchallenged.
Frustrated Aussie doctors have stopped reporting the scams aware that nothing will be done about it.
During Gillard’s tenure, welfare fraud had risen to an estimated cost of $600 million p.a. with more than 700,000 incidents reported in the one year. Over 15,000 cases of welfare fraud were reported involving foreign students who have overstayed their visas (there are a reported 60,000 visa overstays in Australia).
Incredibly, illegal entrants given E bridging visas by the Gillard Government have been illegally claiming full welfare entitlements, including disability pensions.
The epidemic is now entrenched after the High Court found, under existing law, omitting to inform Centrelink of changes in circumstances was not a criminal offence.
The law was made retrospective to cover up to 15,000 prosecutions since 2000, so the word has got out that Australia is the “go to” place if your intention is to live on welfare.
The director of Civil Justice at Legal Aid Victoria, Kristen Hilton said, "The implication of this High Court decision is that the DPP cannot now rely on backdated legislation to create an obligation on people to tell Centrelink of something that didn't exist at the time.
"So what this means is that those 15,000 prosecutions that were progressed during that period when that legislation was said to apply, are now in doubt."
Earlier this year $23 million of welfare fraud was discovered in the child-care industry.
The Department of Human Services said that 575 people (502 from Victoria) were working as family day care “educators” but had failed to declare their income, while at the same time claiming social security.
The average defrauded amount was $40,000, with one person having received $416,000, and 51 individuals scamming an average of over $100,000 each.
In only one of many clever scams, Islamic families, mainly in western Sydney, are known to be legally rorting the welfare system by up to $3,000 per week under foster carers’ subsidies. It’s simple really, Muslim families swap their kids (only on paper of course).
This is how it works: The mother (and in some cases there are multiple mothers in the one family) complains to child welfare authorities that she is unable to cope with seven or eight kids and requires a foster carer. The nominated foster carer, due to cultural and early learning needs, is of course another local Muslim mother who very soon complains she now needs a foster carer for her own large number of kids. Of course another Muslim family down the road offers to care for those kids. And on and on it goes. I mean it’s not acceptable that an Australian foster carer be appointed to look after Muslim children when other Muslim mothers are volunteering.
Now, all the parents involved are either on unemployment benefits or disability pensions and receiving Government housing or housing allowances. Each mother (carer) also receives $200 per week per child cared for, all of whom are actually close relatives.
And there’s another pot of money available for early learning difficulties, speech therapy and behavioural problems. The Islamic schools the children attend receive massive State funding plus special grants related to cultural needs.
But that’s not the totality of the scam. You see, the children never actually change families. If inspectors arrive, they can’t possibly know which kid belongs to what family, all the boys are named Mohammed, they all play together in the same street anyway, suddenly no-one in the family knows a word of English and there will be advocates screaming racial insensitivity if anyone to tries to unscramble the mess.
And anyway, it’s all completely legitimate.
The tragedy is that aged people and needy Australian families not savvy to the sophisticated legitimate scams miss out. And if they were savvy, they would probably want no part in them anyway.
Abbott has been made aware of why our welfare budget has ballooned to such an unsustainable level and his “go to” man is Scott Morrison. But Morrison will find turning back welfare fraud much harder than turning back boats. The boats stopped the moment the Indonesian military brass was slipped a few million.
Morrison will not only have to contend with “legal” fraud, he will be faced with concerted opposition from the courts, the legal fraternity, immigration advocates, the Greens, Labor and Islamic lobby groups.
The next few months will show just how good this Morrison bloke is.