Rudd Usurping Parliament

I was under the rather quaint assumption that we had this thing known as the “parliamentary process” in Australia. You know, the fact that parliament must actually pass legislation before it gets acted upon.

Apparently this is no longer the case, and Rudd Fiat is enough.

As you all know, the Rudd Stimulus Package hasn’t passed the senate yet. Hence it is not yet law. Yet apparently this minor detail isn’t enough to stop centerlink proclaiming it as if it WAS law.

For instance, the “Bonus Payments” section merely states:

“On 3 February 2009, the Australian Government announced the Household Stimulus Package to provide widespread assistance to low and middle-income households. The Household Stimulus Package includes one-off bonus payments for some Centrelink customers, including families, students and farmers.

Bonus payments are non-taxable and are not considered income for social security purposes.”

And proceeds to go into details. Another example, where it asks “how much educational entry payment do i get?” it answers “If eligible, you will receive a one-off taxable payment of $208. From 24 March 2009 you will also be entitled to an additional non taxable supplement of $950 if you enrol between 1 January and 30 June 2010″

I repeat – these things have NOT passed parliament yet.

This is a joke.

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