The federal police and a private security operator were there before dawn a few weeks ago. They had the house under surveillance. They were not looking for drug importers, a terrorist cell, a p-edophile network -- they were spying on people receiving unemployment benefits.

There were men and women sharing the same house yet they were all on the single persons dole which, though $50 per week less than the age pension, is more than the dole for couple. There was nothing in it -- they just all shared the house to keep the rent cost low and sacrificed their privacy as thousands of others do.