Thanks for all the well-meaning replies. I feel aggrieved by the way I have been treated by the OZ system. I worked as a dental practitioner for an unblemished 52 years during which time I witnessed hundreds of passport applications without remuneration, or thanks from the govt. Apparently I was trustworthy enough for that job. I find myself in this situation due mainly to the Covid-19 panic and not being able to apply for the pension on a trip booked for last March.
Government departments are making hand-outs of what must be many millions of dollars to people affected by the lockdow