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The Federal Government will next week implement their Economic Security Strategy and disperse Financial Assistance Payments to eligible recipients. Once again they have discriminated against those individuals receiving the Newstart Payment( also known as: income support, unemployment benefit, dole, etc.). Let me preface the following statements by saying that I am fortunate that I do not rely on a Government benefit of any kind. I have for many years worked in the area of mental health,community welfare,unemployment, community development and disability,( both Federal and State) and can speak with some knowledge of what is really going on out in the community, especially the lower socio -economic areas. For reasons I suspect are political and populist this demographic has been omitted from any additional funding. I have no qualms about the entitlement of any of the other recipients but the group of which I speak are doing it very tough. I have had clients who are sharing a house with up to 12 others because they are unable to pay for basic accommodation AND essential medications. Others are unable to access appropriate medical and psychological specialists because they cannot find the upfront payment required to pay for their appointment. I have recently trained as a financial facilitator as an adjunct to case management in the hope of assisting these marginalised individuals negotiate their way through the dire straights in which they often find themselves. When will the Government see that financial crisis is the root of much of the social discord that is going on in the community (domestic violence, crime , chemical abuse, etc)?