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Centrelink debt recovery system is terrifying people: Wilkie

4 January 2017

Centrelink debt notices are pushing some welfare recipients to the brink of suicide, an independent MP has warned.

Andrew Wilkie has asked the Commonwealth Ombudsman to investigate faults with Centrelink's new automated data matching system that has resulted in some welfare recipients being wrongly hounded to pay debts.

The ombudsman's office told AAP it was seeking further information from Centrelink but would not comment further.

The federal government is using the automated system to claw back $4 billion in overpayments, as part of a budget repair measure.