Yep, no prizes for guessing right though, because by now what loyal readers ROZ still has have become used ad nauseam to seeing these descriptions of endless trips to Gosford Centrelink.

Today, I shall be notifying them that the breakdown of my Newstart payments such as I have just received – interesting how these emailed updates always arrive in the dead of night – is incorrect.

The new amount they’ve decided upon, a weekly payment of $268.39 which btw I won’t be seeing in my bank account until 8 November, doesn’t include any rental assistance.

This, as will doubtless be explained to me very slowly by a nice staff member, will be due to me having missed the time window by which to return a form sent to me requesting proof of my private rent agreement.

I will be contrite, cap in hand and promise to do better next time, all the while  brandishing the actual rental lease in my hand-out hand.

In addition, the munificent mandarins have divined that I currently have a weekly income of $89.22

I wish! Would that it were. If only my rapidly progressing PD allowed me to secure such a comfortable buffer with which to keep the various circling wolves from the door.

As I told a CL staff member the day before last – ah..  yes I don’t think I was there yesterday – let’s hope and pray that my disease now deteriorates fast enough in order for me to find some kind of support that actually helps me a little bit rather than this farcical arrangement, which not only feels more like a never-ending pisstake than anything else and which in itself I can never even rely on anyway

Still, let’s just have a laugh. It’s only survival we’re talking about here..

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