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Senate to assess Centrelink's automated welfare crackdown

20 January 2017
Sarah Martin
The Australian

Centrelink’s debt recovery system will be scrutinised by a Senate inquiry, as Liberal MPs join Labor and social services groups in complaining about the automated welfare crackdown.

Human Services Minister Alan Tudge last week announced changes to the program, but the government is facing ongoing calls for the data-matching compliance system to be suspended.

Tasmanian Liberal senator Jonathan Duniam has written to Mr Tudge outlining his concerns about the system, saying it has caused “unnecessary angst” among welfare recipients.


Australian Council of Social Services chief executive Cassandra Goldie repeated calls for the “error-riddled” debt program to be immediately stopped, saying the “tweaks” to the system unveiled by the government were not enough.


One Nation and the Nick Xenophon Team have indicated support for a Senate inquiry into the system that is being proposed by Labor’s human services spokeswoman Linda Burney.