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Wednesday [Aug. 29th, 2007|02:24 pm]
Bob Bain
[Current Mood |crankycranky]

I attended my DEN group job search session yesterday and also saw "the doc".

I lodged my New Start form. The grumpy Centrelink assistant told me it wasn't due until September 12th and I had to repeat that according to the letter received if I received/earned income in the previous two weeks (which I did) then I am compelled by law to lodge it on the 29th. August to which she replied that the form stated that it wasn't due until September 12th. at which point I got angry and she told me that I shouldn't raise my voice or get angry and concluded "Your income has been entered. I'm through with you now."

The level of "service" from Centrelink has improved quite a bit since 2005 but there are a few people who adopt a bureaucratic attitude.

I have received the promised tax refund - $7,352.84 from the Australian Tax Office. That makes me feel a bit better. I should have income from last week's earnings deposited in my account tomorrow (I hope).

The power in the unit went kaput last night. The guy next door had a look at the fuses with a torch and decided that the fuses were ok and that he was baffled. Some things such as the TV were working but other things such as the computer or the modem weren't despite the fact every LCD monitor was on. The lights upstairs failed completely and the lights downstairs were about 1/10th of their normal luminosity.

I switched a few things off and turned them back on. No difference and then suddenly everything was back to normal, although I had to go through a ritual reset the time on various devices routine this morning.

I have another "group search" session with Don of DEN tomorrow. He says he's going to introduce me to the marketing manager but that marketing manager seemingly is only conversant with labouring jobs which I am excluded from doing.

The Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment studies have now been officially sold to Kaplan (now renamed Kaplan Australia).

http://www.finsia.com is now a professional association (of which I am a Senior Associate) and the educational arm of the Institute is in transition to the Kaplan group. I'm being urged to continue my studies but at the moment I don't know whether I'd be studying with Finsia or Kaplan. FINSIA members (such as myself) get a discount and are directed to a discount code. I have until mid September to think about that.

I have no debts.