Cry Baby of the Week

Cry-Baby: George, 66

The incident: George is a pensioner who took out a student loan of $4,000 in 1999, he hasn’t paid a cent back since he got the loan as he hasn’t earned enough to cross the threshold for repayments. Good luck or good management? Who knows? However he is now on the pension and it pays him enough to cross the threshold for repayments on his long outstanding student loan.

The appropriate response: Behave like a responsible citizen and pay what is owed, when it is required.

The actual response: George, 66 runs off to the media complaining that the government is hacking into his pension and stealing his money. 

He believes that the pension is sacrosanct and shouldn’t be touched for him to spend how he wants. What he doesn’t want to do is spend any of it on paying his student loan back.

A Hutt Valley man – who would only be known as George, 66 – says the government started “hacking” into his pension without permission.

He received a letter from Work and Income telling him of an automatic $13 increase in his fortnightly superannuation payments, from $644.16 to $657.46.

The increase, George was told, took it above the threshold required in order to pay back a $4000 student loan that he took out in 1999 to upskill to find more work.

“The government is hacking in to my pension without my permission. To me the pension should be untouchable.”

Until qualifying for the pension in May 2011, his earnings were limited to either the unemployment benefit, a benefit for caring for his dying mother, part-time work, or fulltime salaries well below the threshold.

“I wanted to work for more than 10 years, but I was not able to get consistent employment so my income suffered.”

He believed the pension was a payment to “stop people starving in the streets”, and using it to pay another government agency was “way over the top”, he said.

“It’s money I desperately need. Like most pensioners, I need all the pension to live.”

George, 66 is a bludger, he doesn’t deserve to called a pensioner or a super-annuitant. He is a scum sucking bludger with an over-inflated sense of entitlement.

At what stage was this bludger ever going to repay his loan? I don’t think he was ever going to do it and expect the government to pick up the tab when he croaks. It isn’t like he sounds like he has any assets or other money, he is a dead set broken-arsed bludger.

He should eat cat-food, and if he can’t afford gourmet cat-food then the he is in luck because the supermarkets all sell budget cat-food. He can stop eating cat-food when he pays his loan back.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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