As thousand of Australians suddenly face the prospect of being forced onto Centrelink during the coronavirus pandemic, the MyGov website which provides online access to the service crashed due to "unprecedented demand". "Try logging on later today or even tomorrow", Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert said.
"I made a claim online and the website, I guess you can say broke, so I've come here to sort it out", Mr Lamaba said.
Robert said the site could only handle 55,000 users at one time, insisting it was fine despite people being unable to access it.
"At present there are delays, we don't give a running commentary on delays".
But there will be fewer staff in offices due to social distancing requirements and no pop-up shopfronts are planned.
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.
Non-essential services across the country, including gyms, pubs, clubs, cinemas, churches and sporting venues were forced to shut their doors at midday Monday resulting in unprecedented job losses.
A large group of people showed up at Ipswich Centrelink this morning chasing up claims and payments that had been stopped or closed because of JobSeeker payments that had commenced on Friday, March 20.
First-time welfare recipients have been told they can only get a customer reference number by applying in person.
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.
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