Thousands queue outside Centrelink whilst MyGov website crashes

Darnell Taylor
March 25, 2020

THE brutal reality of shutdowns forced by the surging coronavirus pandemic has been reflected in "Depression" like scenes of people queueing for help at Centrelink offices around Australia.

"It's just for the meantime", Mr Roots said.

Earlier, Mr Robert insisted the website was "fine" despite people being unable to access it.

"The DDoS alarms showed no evidence of a specific attack today", he confirmed to parliament.

A denial of service attack is a cyber attack in which hackers overwhelm a website with users in a bid to overload it and cause it to crash.

"More than 55,000 Australians [were] trying to access [the site] at the same time, as well as the issue we had with the denial of service attack", he said.

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"We want to identify anyone in those categories and get them released immediately", the mayor said during a news conference. He also said that the curve of the rise has not flattened.


Robert has urged people to go online to start their claims.

"But at this hour of need, Australians are having to grapple with inadequate service, online glitches and a lack of planning to deal with demand at Centrelink shopfronts", he said.

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.

People were also lining up outside the Frankston and Hastings Centrelink offices, two of the three alternatives if Mornington is closed.

"If you intend to claim for a jobseeker payment there is no need to line up on Centrelink now or to jump on the phone", he said.

Many of those waiting were cautious, with some standing apart practising social distancing while others wore masks while they waited.

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