3 petitions

Started 10 months ago

Petition to Australian Communications and Media Authority, Federal Trade Commission, Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission, The Hon Dan Tehan MP Minister for Social Services, The Hon Jane Prentice MP Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, The Hon Michael Keenan MP Minister for Human Services

Create a Do Not Call register to protect our pensioners from charities and telemarketing.

Please help me to protect one of our most vulnerable demographics from the onslaught of charity telemarketing. As a daughter of a parent with dementia who is trying desperately to maintain independence, I have serious concerns about the exemptions of charities from the Do Not Call register. Many elderly pensioners in our society are giving away more money than they can afford because they are vulnerable to these charities. They hear terrible stories of people needing help or causes that need support and they naturally want to help. But they are often forgetful, might not be fully aware of their financial situation and are often living on a government pension that barely covers basic living expenses. I’m calling on our government to ensure our pensioners are protected from organisations requesting money through telemarketing by creating a registry specifically for pensioners to register their phone number and no longer allow charities to contact them. The following letter will be delivered to all parties concerned with the regulation of telecommunications and pensioner welfare. ******************************************************************************************** I draw your attention to a serious problem in our society and request your active support to manage the problem. Currently, charitable organisations are exempt from the Do Not Call register. Whilst I understand the need for organisations to garner support from the community, they are often creating hardship for people who are least able to support them, particularly pensioners. I’m a 45 year old woman and I care for my mother who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As scientific evidence suggests, it is important for older people to maintain as much independence as possible. This is especially true when faced with any form of dementia. Over the last year I have had to step in multiple times to rectify my mother’s financial situation. I have spent hours calling charities and cancelling payments and requesting these organisations cease contact. After a couple of months I have to do it all over again. Of course, I could completely take over her finances, but that would only serve to increase her dependence when it’s not otherwise necessary to do so. She is capable of understanding her bills and walking to the post office to pay them. She remembers her PIN numbers and is more than capable of the basic mathematics required to maintain her finances. What she is vulnerable to is organisations calling her with targeted, emotional stories of people or causes that need financial help. Like most Australians of her generation, she comes from an Australia that lends a helping hand when needed, gives people a fair go and offers support. Unfortunately, that’s a very different Australia to the one we live in now. In her generation people didn’t call up asking for money. If they did, they were desperate and people would put their hands in their pockets without question. It would be a rarity. Today, multiple calls can come in a day. Our elderly citizens can’t keep up, sometimes can’t even remember that they’ve already committed money to other causes. Some of them struggle to keep up with the amount of transactions that happen electronically, having lived in a world of cash transactions. All of this is happening while they are living on a meagre pension that barely covers living expenses. A pension they have worked hard for. I’ve had many conversations with older Australians recently and I’m not surprised that this is a common story. The constant bombardment by charities is a very real problem and threat to the financial security of a portion of our society that deserves our respect and protection. More and more elderly people are falling victim to these organisations and deteriorating into financial crisis. I fear they will soon be turning to the very charities they have been coerced to support for their own survival. We, the undersigned, call on our government to ensure our pensioners are protected from organisations requesting money through telemarketing by creating a registry specifically for pensioners to register their phone number and no longer allow charities to contact them. We request legal restrictions be put in place to enforce this register.   

Sarah Cole
469 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Ivan Dalzell


In the retirement village where my mother resides, there was this happy fellow who used to drop in when I visited my mother. He was always laughing and always helping others, well that was until two weeks before Christmas when he started to look like he was living on lemons. On questioning him about this sudden change, he showed me an insensitive letter he received from Centrelink, saying that they were reducing his pension payment by $180.00 per fortnight. After receiving this letter, his health deteriorated fast. He visited several doctors before being diagnosed with Shingles, which was a stress related infliction caused by Centrelink and the Turnbull Government with its new pension laws inflicting further pain on the battler. Now he is not a rich man, his total assets are below $600,000, his place of residence value is below $200,000 and now he receives an insensitive letter telling him his fortnightly pension has been reduced to $370. What he wasn’t told by Centrelink was that if he sold his present residence and purchased one with an additional value of $160,000 he would receive the full pension. My understanding of Centrelink was that it was set up to help those in need, people needing jobs, people facing the transition from employment to retirement and giving the retiree financial advice to help them through this change. That is those that couldn’t afford a team of lawyers or accountants to set up family trusts to ensure they could continue to live in million dollar plus homes and still receive the pension. Centrelink now works hand in hand with the Government, gouging every last dollar they can from the poor. This person is 80 and perhaps if he had received the right advice 5 years ago when he moved inti his current residence and upgraded his place of residence at that time by $160,000 he would have received the full pension. After all $340,000 is a long way short of a million dollars plus. Centrelink, you are dealing with humans, not animals, Instead of sending these people insensitive letters telling them that they were going to slash current pension (by 33% in this case) each affected pensioner should have been personally interviewed by Centrelink and as long as the interviewer had half a brain they surely would have seen by the value of his place of residence and other assets did not warrant a reduction in his pension.  Just how many more people on the borderline have had the same rough deal?  My recommendation to him is: Sell your current residence for approx. $180,000 and with this money purchase a place of residence for approx. $340,000.You will receive the full pension as against the $370 on offer under the changes, an increase of $500 per fortnight thus you will be $13,000 better off annually and the Government will be $13,000 worse off.Another case of policy changes not being worked through properly.With economics like this no wonder the country is in debt. The instigator of this flawed policy should be tarred and feathered and exiled to Cuckoo Lamd.  The Government with its continual gouging from the poor, just don’t get it. Even Robin Hood knew that you rob, or collect dues from the rich as the target pool is far greater and it is about time the Government woke up. Here are some of the things they should be concentrating on:   Examples Companies should pay a fair share of tax. Don’t say they’re operating within the rules. The rules are both unethical and immoral. You are in Government so change the rules.Legislate to stop businesses registered in overseas tax havens from operating in Australia on line or otherwise, unless they pay a fair share of tax. Money earned in Australia goes overseas and does nothing for our economy.Overseas Visa workers should be minimized as once again the majority of the earnings go overseas.Legislate to stop politicians from being a drain on taxpayers long after they leave office.Legislate to stop politicians from rorting the system by using their office to feather their own nests.Legislate to make it compulsory for politicians to undertake a course on Ethics and Morals so they can tell the difference between right and wrong. The public are sick to death of hearing politicians saying “I did nothing wrong” followed by “I acted within the rules”. With the additional revenue the Government could stop gouging the poor and start to balance the budget.  

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