|megpie71 (megpie71) wrote,|
@ 2015-05-28 11:18:00
In Which Meg is Proven Correct (and takes smug satsfaction in the fact)
Our PM, back in February, decided to take the decisive step of cancelling the welfare payments of people fighting as part of a terrorist group overseas. This was loudly proclaimed as an aggressive action against terrorism in the papers. At the time, I'd thought it just a little bit of an over-reaction, because quite frankly the most likely benefit for these foreign fighters to be on was Newstart, and that one dries up like spit on a hot stove the moment you go outside Australia (pensioners can generally leave the country without their pension being summarily cancelled; benefit recipients can't). So I figured it was a lot of "sound and fury signifying nothing" (and the "a tale told by an idiot" line from that quote was probably accurate too).
Turns out there's been a question asked in the Senate Estimates Committee today of the Attorney-General's department about exactly how many foreign fighters had their welfare payments cancelled on security grounds. The answer was given in round numbers. Well, one very round number - zero.
"In an answer to a Senate Estimates hearing, the Attorney-General's department confirmed it had been asked to consider four possible cases but that, as at February 24, 2015, "it was established that no individual was in receipt of any welfare benefit payments and it was therefore unnecessary to use the welfare cancellation on security grounds provisions"."