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Labor calls for Senate inquiry into Centrelink robo-debt mess

18 January 2017
The Hon Linda Burney MP
The Hon Linda Burney MP, Shadow Minister for Human Services, ALP Member for Barton

Labor will refer the Turnbull Government’s robo-debt debacle to a Senate inquiry when Parliament resumes in February, following weeks of mounting public concern and a litany of issues with the program.
Linda Burney, Shadow Minister for Human Services, made the announcement following news that the Turnbull Government now intends to target age and disability support pensioners with the error prone system.
Minister for Human Services, Alan Tudge, has insisted that the program is working well despite numerous reports of false debts being raised against innocent people and a system which is at breaking point.
A Senate Inquiry would focus on the extent of issues experienced by users, the adequacy of testing a modelling of the system before its rollout and the capacity of the Centrelink system to meet increased demand.
“Alan Tudge cannot be allowed to keep claiming that the system is working. We need an inquiry to establish just how the government got this so wrong,” Ms Burney said
“Electorate offices across the country have been inundated, people deserve answers from the Government. If the Prime Minister won’t hold his Ministers to account, then the Parliament will.”
“The Government is totally out of touch - they don’t understand just how angry the community is and how concerned they are that this program is going to be targeting people with disability and age pensioners.”