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Centrelink’s debt ‘fiasco’

22 January 2017
Hayden Johnson
The Advocate

Last week Tasmania’s community support organisations pooled $12,000 to provide support for people targeted by the controversial debt-recovery program.

The funds allow Community Legal Centre to increase the hours of their welfare rights officers to deal with the extra enquiries. 

TasCOSS chief executive officers Kym Goodes said a significant number of people had used the service.

“We’ve had a huge uptake of people who have been using support from the Community Legal Centres and we saw many people make contact over the phone,” she said. 

Ms Goodes said the increase in people seeking legal advice on their alleged debts showed there was a lot of confusion in the community. 

“It probably represents the fact there was a lot of people who over the last three and four months have not known what to do,” she said.