A refugee lied about having cancer, faked his father’s death and spent prolonged periods at home in Iraq while Australian taxpayers funded his Disability Support Pension payments.
Ali Mahmood, now 54, started receiving welfare payments a month after he arrived in Australia on a humanitarian visa in 2003. He remained on them for almost a decade before they were finally cut off by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Around 825,000 Australian citizens and residents receive the disability pension. Add family members who also profit from their payments and you’re looking at quite a voting bloc.