Welfare spending is a big issue confronting Australian governments. It’s an even bigger issue now that the government has taken to (accidentally) giving out lottery sized payments to its customers.
One (un)lucky Brisbane mother of three received $2,022,012 in a single Child Support Agency (CSA) payment after a public servant accidentally typed the date (02/02/2012) into the section where the correct payment of about $3,000 should have been entered.
Instead of giving the money back, the Brisbanite went on a spending spree and is now looking forward to at least 18 months in jail and a $430,000 fine when she is released. All up she managed to spend around $160,000.
Government is costing us enough money without these sorts of stuff-ups. It is reasonable to think the CSA should have safeguards in place that prevent accidental multi-million dollar payments like this one.
Just imagine if this mistake had happened in December, because the payment would have been over $12 million!
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