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New ReachTel poll shows Turnbull popularity slammed over Centrelink, entitlements saga

16 January 2017
Claire Bickers

AN Australian of the Year finalist has also become embroiled in the Centrelink debt recovery debacle, after being sent an incorrect debt notice due to the automatic debt recovery system.

Queensland medical researcher Dr Janet Hammill, who works voluntarily and lives off the age pension, was sent a debt notice for $7600, The Guardian reports.


The latest reports comes as a new poll shows the Turnbull Government’s popularity has taken a hit in the wake of problems with the Centrelink debt recovery system and MPs’ entitlements.

A ReachTEL survey, released on Monday and commissioned by activist group GetUp!, shows the Coalition trailing Labor 54 per cent to 46 per cent, two-party preferred.

The polling of more than 2000 Australians was taken last Thursday, ahead of Health Minister Sussan Ley’s resignation.

While primary support for the Liberal party and Labor was on par at 32 per cent, the Opposition captured more of the “undecided” support, Fairfax media reports.

About 58 per cent of those still making up their mind said they would preference Labor higher.

The poll focused on the Centrelink debt recovery glitch, which has seen more than 170,000 notices of potential overpayments issued since July.