Centrelink ‘inundated’ as thousands look for support

Noosa resident Garry Herbert snapped this shot of the long lines outside Centrelink yesterday.

By Rose Astley

 On Sunday night, March 22, Prime Minister Scott Morrison ordered the closure of public venues including pubs, indoor places of worship, gyms and sporting venues, leaving many out of work indefinitely. Long lines could be seen outside of Centrelink in Noosa and Maroochydore as people try to find support under Australia’s lockdown. Centrelink’s online facilities have crashed under the enormous amount of people looking for some salvation. Those who have suffered a financial impact under the recent closures are now trying to apply for a government payment, either the Economic Support Payment or the Coronavirus Supplement. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said an additional $66 billion of funding is there to provide hope and support for the millions of Australians to suffer financially. 

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