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Australians disapprove of Tudge's Centrelink robo-debt mess

24 January 2017
The Hon Linda Burney MP
The Hon Linda Burney MP, Shadow Minister for Human Services, ALP Member for Barton

Malcolm Turnbull must show some leadership and suspend his Government’s robo-debt mess with nearly half of all Australians disapproving of the scandal-plagued system.
Incompetent Human Services Minister Alan Tudge believes that those falsely accused of owing debt should have to hand over the money until they prove their own innocence but he reckons that Liberal MPs caught rorting the system should be given the benefit of the doubt.
Mr Tudge continues to insist that the program is working well despite scores of stories about false debt appearing in media reports, an active ombudsman’s investigation, possible legal action and calls by welfare groups for the system to be suspended.
Late last week Mr Tudge again reiterated his commitment to continuing the program which is set to target aged pensioners and people with a disability later in the coming year.
Mr Tudge can’t keep denying there is an issue, clearly the community disagrees with him on the robo-debt system.
Many in our community are deeply distressed, and the best the Mr Tudge can do is a letter to the editor in regional papers. That simply isn’t good enough.
Legitimate Centrelink debts should be collected, that’s only fair.
But the Turnbull Government has no right to threaten pensioners, people with disability and vulnerable families with debt collectors when they’ve done nothing wrong.
Labor will continue to hold the Turnbull Government to account for its mismanagement of Centrelink.