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Issue 82 - May 2008 - Page 4

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Protests Against Starving Dog Art Exhibition
  2. Mini Lobster Contamination Warning
  3. Economic Stimulus Refund Phishing Scam
  4. Refugee Monthly Allowance From Australian Government Hoax
  5. "What Do People Fear Most?" - Magazine Survey Email Hoax
  6. United States District Court Subpoena Malware Email
  7. Simon Ashton Email Hacker Hoax
  8. Elephant Painting Portrait Video
  9. New Prison Photographs - Prison vs Work
  10. Nareepol Tree
  11. Pearl Harbor Box Brownie Photographs
  12. British High Court Disclaim Form Lottery Scam
  13. Fire Rainbow Photograph
  14. Self Parking Garage
  15. Indian Two Faced Baby

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Refugee Monthly Allowance From Australian Government Hoax

Summary:
Protest email claims that refugees receive a substantially higher monthly payment from the Australian government than do Australian pensioners (Full commentary below).



Status:
False

Example:(Submitted, May 2008)
Subject: This is no joke... & only in Australia (the lucky country)!

This is interesting:

It is interesting that the federal government provides a single refugee with a monthly allowance of $1,890.00 And each can also get an additional $580.00 in social assistance for a total of $2,470.00.

A single pensioner who, after contributing to the growth and development of Australia for 40 to 50 years, receives only a monthly maximum of $1,012.00 in old age pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement.

Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees!

Let's send this to all Australians so we can all be ticked off and maybe we can get the refugees cut back to $1,012.00 and the pensioners up to $2,470.00 and enjoy some of the money we were forced to submit to the Government over the last 40 or 50 years.

Please forward to every Australian to expose what our elected politicians are doing - to the over-taxed Australian.




Commentary:
According to this widely circulated protest email, a refugee who arrives in Australia receives a considerably higher monthly benefit payment from the Australian government than do aged pensioners who have lived and worked in the country for years before retirement. The message has caused a great deal of anger and resentment among recipients and has been discussed at length on various talk-back radio shows and in letters to the editor in newspapers across the country.

However, the information in the message is total nonsense and in no way reflects the real level of entitlements for refugees or pensioners.

A September 2007 media release from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) notes:
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has refuted false claims circulating on the internet that refugees settling in Australia receive more in benefit payments than Australian pensioners.

'The figures quoted in the email bear no resemblance to income-support payments to pensioners, or to payments to refugees settling in Australia,' DIAC spokesman Sandi Logan said today.

'The text and figures in the email appear to have originated in Canadian emails, websites and internet chatrooms. We suspect that the email circulating here has been cut and pasted from these sources.

'In Australia, refugees granted permanent visas may gain access to benefits on the same basis and at the same rates as other Australian permanent residents.

'Refugees with temporary visas do not have access to the full range of benefits - they are only eligible for Centrelink Special Benefits on the same basis and rates as other Australian residents.

'There is no separate rate of benefit payments for refugees.'

Mr Logan said refugees received no cash payments under Australia’s Integrated Humanitarian Settlement Strategy.
Former Howard government minister Mal Brough also refuted the claims in an August 2007 media release:
Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today warned age pensioners to be alert to an internet scam, which appears designed to anger pensioners over the level of financial support provided to refugees in Australia.

"Emails are being sent to older Australians, claiming refugees are receiving welfare payments of $2,500 per month and comparing that to the age pension," Mr Brough said.

"The claims in the email are blatant lies, which are also being repeated on websites and chat rooms.

"What concerns me most is that the scam targets older people and uses the plight of refugees to whip up discontent.
Moreover, the message is not even home-grown. In fact it is a mutant sibling of a protest email that has circulated in both Canada and the United States. And the claims in the message are as equally false in those countries as they are in Australia.

Thus, forwarding this misinformation will serve only to create unnecessary anger among Australian citizens and unwarranted resentment of refugees. If you receive this message, please do not pass it on to others and please let the sender know that the information it contains is untrue.

References:
DIAC refutes internet claims on refugee payments
Pensioners warned of e-mail scam
snopes.com: Pensioners Should Apply as Refugees
Media Watch: Viral Overload

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Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Protests Against Starving Dog Art Exhibition
  2. Mini Lobster Contamination Warning
  3. Economic Stimulus Refund Phishing Scam
  4. Refugee Monthly Allowance From Australian Government Hoax
  5. "What Do People Fear Most?" - Magazine Survey Email Hoax
  6. United States District Court Subpoena Malware Email
  7. Simon Ashton Email Hacker Hoax
  8. Elephant Painting Portrait Video
  9. New Prison Photographs - Prison vs Work
  10. Nareepol Tree
  11. Pearl Harbor Box Brownie Photographs
  12. British High Court Disclaim Form Lottery Scam
  13. Fire Rainbow Photograph
  14. Self Parking Garage
  15. Indian Two Faced Baby