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A statement regarding the Government’s Centrelink backflip that looks like a bellyflop - Wilkie

16 January 2017
Andrew Wilkie MP
Andrew Wilkie MP Independent Member for Denison

The Government’s indication it will modify the Centrelink debt recovery program, while a concession of sorts that there are problems, misses the point which is that the program is deeply flawed and must be shut down immediately.

Moreover everyone who has already received a debt letter from Centrelink needs to be advised immediately there will be no further action until a system that actually works is put in place. 

Anyone who is repaying debt already, as a result of this program and who disputes that debt, needs to be immediately reimbursed and the onus put back on Centrelink to actually prove that any debt exists. That’s what a decent Government would do.