Minister Makes A Statement About The Long Centrelink Queues Around Australia

Centrelink Offices Are Copping Massive Lines & The Entire My Gov System Has Caved In

Centrelink Offices Are Copping Massive Lines & The Entire My Gov System Has Caved In

An Australian MP had to backtrack on claims that the country's welfare website suffered a cyber attack, revealing that it was actually a fault with the government's own security systems.

Robert has urged people to go online to start their claims.

"Now more than ever we need ministers to be honest with us", Senator Murray Watt tweeted.

The leader of the opposition party, Anthony Albanese, called it an "incompetence attack", according to The Guardian, and Shadow Services minister Bill Shorten took to Twitter to accuse Roberts of lying.

Mr Roberts told Question Time the huge number of people logging on today (which, really, they should have seen coming) mirrored an attack which set off alarms.

Photos also show huge lines of people forced to queue up outside some Centrelink offices this morning in a great display of social distancing.

Governments fight to curb COVID-19, economic fallout
He said the government is prepared to take all necessary measures to enforce self-isolation and social distancing rules. While we are not yet in as strict of a lockdown as other countries, rumours of stepped up measures continue to swirl.

"But at this hour of need, Australians are having to grapple with inadequate service, online glitches and a lack of planning to deal with demand at Centrelink shopfronts", he said.

Ipswich resident and Jobseeker claimant John Lamaba said he made a decision to turn up to Centrelink Ipswich when he couldn't get anything done online. "I don't want to meet lots of people", she told SBS News.

Centrelink staff inside the building were working to helppeople waiting in the line as fast as possible.

"You have to come in and physically do it". These will be paid automatically to you if you are on an eligible payment.

Authorities are dealing with the issue - as people log-on to the system to lodge unemployment benefit claims.

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