CENTRELINK DOESN'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH ITS LATEST SLY TACTIC IN ITS WAR ON WELFARE FRAUD.....ASKING NEIGHBORS TO SPY ON PEOPLE THEY'RE TARGETTING IN THEIR STREET...

its low..very low..they said it was disgusting that they had brough them into it when they knew I haven';t done anything wrong...

An ADELAIDE WOMAN..WE'LL CALL SUE..IS TOO FRIGHTENED AND EMBARRASSED TO BE IDENTIFIED....SHE'S ONE OF THOSE TARGETS CENTRELINK SUSPECTS IS A WELFARE CHEAT BUT HAS NO FIRM EVIDENCE.

I was approached by a pi and told in to talk abt centrelink payment and they said they had info on that i was in a relationship when i wasn't..and from there they went contacting people in the street.

SUE'S NEIGHBORS RECEIVED LETTERS LIKE THIS ONE...ASKING THEM WHAT THEY KNEW ABOUT HER AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS SHE HAD WITH OTHERS.

It's hard for me to live in the street and i feel like they don't want to approach me because there's that stigma...they know i know

WHEN ITS NEIGHBOR AGAINST NEIGHBOR..FRIEND AGAINST FRIEND..WHO knows what the consequences might be..including both physical and psycholgical violence..

PSYCHOLOGIST CHRIS HAMILTON SAYS CENTRELINK'S NEW NEIGHBORHOOD SPYING POLICY IS DUMB...DANGEROUS AND UN-AUSTRALIAN.When you're dealing with people who are torubled..distressed..unwitting victims..you are in fact attacking some of the most fragile people in our community.

Charles mcdonald...if i were to call centrelink and ask about mr.x under investighation they'd tell me its a breach of his privacy...but their standard is they can supply his details at will to the next door neighbor..if that isn't a violation of of his privacy..what it is is outrageous.

CHARLES MCDONALD...AN ACCREDITED PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR AND FORMER STATE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY ASSOCIATION...SAYS HE'D LOSE HIS LICENCE IF HE CONDUCTED HIS INVESTIGATIONS LIKE CENTRELINK HAS.

You should not be approaching neighbors to determine whether or not an offence has been committed because then you'll get all types of prejudices from past arguements...there are all sorts of issues there.

Its not democratic..it cust across the notion you're innocent til proven guilty..its a disgrace..its not a legitimate way of investigating.

WHEN LEON BYNER FIRST REVEALED CENTRELINK'S I SPY DEBACLE ON HIS TOP-RATED TALK SHOW ON ADELAIDE'S 5AA...IT SENT HIS SWITCHBOARD INTO MELTDOWN.The best outcome out of this is that somebody name is besmnirched in the street forever...the worst is somebody will get a molotov cocktail through their window.

You ahve the situation where people noit involved will take sides and several parties in the street will become emboriled in a situation that gets uglier and uglier centrelink don't have to take any responsibility for that

CENTRELINK CLAIMS ITS ABLE TO DO IT ALL UNDER THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT....AND DEFENDED ITS APPROACH...YET NEIGHBORS WE'VE SPOKEN TO TELL US THEY WERE ALSO THREATENED WITH AN INVESTIGATION IF THEY DIDN'T CO-OPERATE....THERE'S EVEN A WARNING AT THE END OF CENTRELINK'S OWN LETTER.

They could see no wrong..no unethical nature..yet when we put this to air absol,ute outrage...

JAMES LIVES IN ANOTHER ADELAIDE STREET WHERE RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN LETTER DROPPED BY CENTRELINK...HE SAYS THERE'S NO WAY HE'D DOB ANYBODY IN BECAUSE HE FEARS IT COULD PLACE HIS OWN FAMILY AT RISK..

That centrel;ink could turn their back and say thanks..pity abt the relationship with your neighbor and leave them to get on with it...it's very unprofessional.

AS FOR SUE..SHE SAYS SHE'S BEEN TRAUMATSIED BY CENTRELINK'S ACTIONS AND WILL NOW BE FORCED TO LEAVE THE STREET SHE'S LIVED IN PEACEFULLY FOR NINE YEARS. \

I do need an apology..its been going on for months now..it's taking its toll on me and my family and i can't cope anymore..

Chris hamilton..we know about this activity happening in countrys like eastern europe..russia...this is the first tiome i've heard of it happening here..it would worry..and does worry me.

It's NOT THE KIND OF AUSTRALIA WE WANT AND NOT THE KIOND OF AUSTRALIA THAT ANY GOVERNMENT WOULD WANT TO GIVE US..SOMEBODY HAS OVERSTEPPED THE MARK.