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Centrelink reinstates payments after cutting off student over Christmas

7 January 2017
ABC News

Christmas for one South Australian high school student was ruined after Centrelink cut her payments without notice.


The teenager approached NXT member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie for help on Thursday after being told by Centrelink they could not do anything until school had returned to confirm her enrolment.

Within 24 hours of Ms Sharkie's involvement Centrelink agreed to back pay Alisha and reinstate her allowances.

According to Alisha she is not the only student to have problems with her payments.

"She [a Centrelink staff member] told me 15,000 other students had been cut off from the same day as me, and that broke my heart," she said.