Bludgers Report: Entitled beneficiary denied a taxpayer-funded treadmill


Some people seem to have a bad case of Entitlitis.

Work and Income has won its legal battle against a beneficiary who bought a $3000 treadmill after seeing it on a late-night television advertisement.

Debbie Port, who was receiving support for anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome and Raynaud’s disease, wanted the treadmill to help with an ankle complaint.

In 2014 she bought it and arranged to pay it in 72 instalments.  

She initially won an argument for the $27 of the $42 each week to be included in her disability allowance.

However, High Court Justice Simon France says the ministry doesn’t have to contribute to Ms Port’s payments as it was a one-off cost and not an ongoing expense.

In his decision he also denied a request for name suppression, which would be futile as the matter was widely reported last year.

Outrageous sense of entitlement.

The correct process would be to get a medical assessment to support the need for a treadmill, then ask Work and Income if they will assist.

Alternatively, she could have started…you know…walking…like normal people do.

Some people just have to bludge.


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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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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