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Govt refuses to budge on Centrelink data matching

7 February 2017
Allie Coyne
IT News

The federal government has refused to make changes to the controversial data matching system that has resulted in thousands of welfare recipients being wrongly accused of owing money to the government.

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and the Greens today united to call on the government to shut down the "deeply flawed" system.


Wilkie 'condemned' Human Services Minister Alan Tudge for "not only refusing to admit that there is a problem with the system, but also for insisting that the system will continue to operate despite it incorrectly targeting thousands of innocent Australians and its failure to treat people fairly and humanely".

He called on Tudge to urgently convene an "expert stakeholder roundtable" to design a "fair and human system of debt detection and recovery" and ditch the existing process.

Wilkie's calls were seconded by Greens MP Adam Bandt.

The Greens have also put forward a motion in the Senate to hold an inquiry into the program. The motion will be voted on tomorrow.

However, Tudge today said the government would not change the system and repeated arguments that it was working as intended.