29 April 2019

Dole bludging network publishes social security recipient's details in 'horrendous breach of privacy'

Contrary to government propaganda, social security recipients are not dole bludgers but rather the companies called Job Network Providers that are supposed to serve / help / provide employment to those who need or want to work.

These companies have been setup in a 'money for mates' scam that the Australian taxpayers are being rorted, but as usual this escapes scrutiny or mainstream media exposé.

MANY employment 'businesses' falsely declare that they have found employment for their 'customers' where they also force the young jobseeker to state that the employment agency provided the lead when they did not so they can get paid by Centrelink or rather defraud the Australian taxpayer.

Due to the substandard quality of staff and resources, Centrelink recipients have now been exposed in a 'horrendous breach of privacy', where as usual the government denies any such responbility or such action ever occurring.

See article from 27 April 2019 by dailmail of the headline:

Centrelink recipients' details are posted publicly on FACEBOOK in 'horrendous breach of privacy'

  • Work-for-dole services provider posts details of Centrelink clients on Facebook
  • The service provider is part of the Government's remote employment scheme  
  • Labor's Linda Burney calls the The publication 'an horrendous breach of privacy'
  • Ms Burney argues Government needs to verify if clients have been put at risk

A remote Northern Territory work-for-the-dole services provider has published details of Centrelink clients on its Facebook page in what is being called 'a horrendous breach of privacy'.

Dozens of names of those required to attend client meetings were uploaded by the job service provider, the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA), to a public Facebook page.

The ALPA which is part of the Government's remote employment scheme, the Community Development Program (CDP), set up the page apparently with the intention of uploading such lists. 

The names of nearly 50 people from the remote NT community of Galiwinku (pictured) were shared on a Facebook page by a work-for-the-dole service provider

Labor's social services spokesperson, Linda Burney (pictured) has called the incident 'an horrendous breach of privacy' 

The posts, which were also uploaded to another local Facebook page, have since been deleted.

Nearly 50 people from the remote community of Galiwinku, located 500 kilometres east of Darwin, in the Northern Territory, were affected.

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, responsible for the Community Development Program, said it was 'satisfied' privacy responsibilities had been met by the ALPA.

An ALPA spokeswoman told ABC.net that they did not believe 'this is a breach of confidentiality' and that all the CDP participants 'give… media consent when they commence as a participant.'

But Labor's social services spokesperson Linda Burney called it 'a horrendous breach of privacy' that 'has serious implications for participants.'

 'The reality is that the government's cruel and chaotic mismanagement of this broken and discriminatory program has made incidences such as this inevitable.'

'The government needs to urgently verify whether anyone had been placed at risk,' she said in a statement.

The ABC reported that a CDP 'insider' had also denounced the uploads, and like Ms Burney, has said the lists could place job seekers at risk.

'If a person has a family violence order in place to protect them, then perhaps the perpetrator would know where she was,' the source, who requested anonymity, told the ABC.

'It advertised a person is accessing welfare services, and unfortunately in Australia there's discrimination against people accessing welfare services.'

'People can be bullied for being unemployed,' they said.

Chair of the Electronic frontiers Australia, Lyndsey Jackson said the situation was 'extraordinary.'

'Extraordinary on two levels - that the organisation thought this was acceptable and that the department doubled down in their response,' she told AAP.

She said there was a disregard about how putting information in the public domain could have a lasting effect and asked why it was not a breach of the privacy act.

Members of the the union movement, which strongly opposes the current remote, work for the dole model, have also criticised the breach of privacy incident.

Union official, Lara Watson, from the Australian Council of Trade Unions, said: 'We are at a loss as to why anyone would post about workers' appointments online.'

'We were shocked at the publication of names on a social media platform.' she said.

The CDP operates across most of Australia's land mass at a cost of about $300 million annually and has already come under fire for its operations.  

The ABC reported earlier this month on claims of safety breaches by a West Australian provider, while the scheme has also been slammed because participants are forced to work more hours than non-remote job-seekers.

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