Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon marked the first day of Parliament for 2017 with a speech in the House of Representatives about an issue critical to hundreds of Hunter constituents.
Fitzgibbon’s 90-second statement highlighted the government’s current Centrelink crisis and the debacle surrounding automated debt recovery.
“This must stop,” he said.
Mr Fitzgibbon said the government must restore Centrelink’s resources.
“This is now becoming a crisis for too many people,” he explained.
“The government also stands condemned for the way it has been pursuing people for so-called Centrelink debts.
“Many of these debts actually do not exist and many of them go back so far – in some cases in my electorate for seven years or more – and people are not in the position to challenge the debt.
“They no longer have the pay slips and the records from seven years ago.”