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Centrelink letters slammed: ‘Vulnerable, honest people’ being hit

6 January 2017
Declan Rurenga
Central Western Daily

Orange residents have been hit by Centrelink’s debt clawback scheme.

Rob Carroll was one of 170,000 clients sent letters demanding repayment of money which the government claims they were not entitled to.

Mr Carroll described his debt recovery letter as “ludicrous”.


While Mr Carroll said he was vigilant in maintaining his own financial records he held serious concerns for others who may not be so conscientious.

“There is no question that vulnerable, honest people, who did not hold onto employment records from work they did several years ago, are going to be ruled as fraudulent by this current system,” he claimed.

The Department of Human Services was contacted for comment, however could not provide a response at the time of going to print.