The ATO’s Oppression Of My Identity

by on 25 November, 2015

The Australian Taxation Office continues to discriminate against Lena Lawrence in denying her identity:

All my life, I have faced hate and discrimination because I identify as a seventy-seven year old. Yes. I’ve existed on this earth for approximately twenty-five years. But since I could remember, I always made better connections with my elders, with my grandparents. But like other minorities, I face persecution.

Last year, I was told my super contributions were to be taxed. If you’re 60 or over, your income payments are tax-free and don’t need to be declared as assessable income when you lodge a tax return. Why am excluded just because I look twenty-five?  Everyday we face discrimination and hate like this. We should no longer have to put up with this.

Since I was a child, I remember drawing myself with grey hair. I remember loving the musky, nostalgic scent of Chanel No. 5. I remember, the vivid projections of retirement.

I have always identified as a seventy-seven year old. It is real. It is a part of who I am.

What Government would actively seek to strip you of your identity, to deny you rights that you are entitled to, simply because of the way you look. My identity is mine – and no one else’s. 

What shallow society have we become to not recognise that everyone deserves a safe space from the suppression of minority discrimination and offense.

Repeatedly I am denied the age pension from the Department of Human Services. The nerve of a government organisation to deny human rights to pursue the dreams relevant to my age. It is true, I was not genetically blessed to have wrinkles and arthritis like other elderly, but I know who I am and I cannot let anyone else dictate or manipulate that.

I know this struggle. This struggle I face with so many others – refugees from Syria, racial minorities, the fat-shamed, and my otherkin friends. We all share the same dream. The dream, to be treated the way we really are, on the inside – to be treated with equality.

Mankind exists to pursue a sense of being – of identity. My identity is real. It is pure. It is just. And we must fight to preserve each and every last sliver of individuality left before we are consumed by the evil that is capitalism.

Like my hero said: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Obama speaks to my heart. He is the true champion of equality. And I know, that he will seek to defend my honour and my pride in stepping out into the open about the joy in finding my identity – who I really am.

So join me, friends, in this campaign for freedom. The freedom to be who you are. The freedom from capitalism. The freedom from straight people. The freedom from western oppression of minority rights.

This age discrimination needs to stop. I am and always will be, seventy-seven. And it is my fundamental human right that you – and the ATO – treat me as such. 

Lena Lawrence is a 25 year old mature age student completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Sydney and writes about her journey through age discrimination on her blog – “The Vintage Feminist.” Lawrence has since been sponsored as a motivational speaker by the Kardashian family in collaboration with Caitlyn Jenner. She has also been invited to make an appearance on the View with guest speaker Hillary Clinton and powerhouse Beyoncé Knowles.

One thought on “The ATO’s Oppression Of My Identity

  1. I get that this is clickbait

    so here I go- I think being sponsored by the Kardashinan family pretty much says all we need to know.

    May the ATO continue their “oppression”

    The ATO also “oppesses” tax cheats

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