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Tasmanian Government wants plan to expand Centrelink debt recovery to pensioners delayed

20 January 2017
Ted O'Connor
ABC News

Tasmania's Liberal Government wants the Commonwealth to delay the expansion of Centrelink's troubled debt recovery program.

The automated service has copped a barrage of criticism for wrongly issuing debt notices and prompted an investigation from the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Earlier this week it was revealed the program would be expanded later in the year to focus on aged pensions and disability support payments.

Tasmania's Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma said in a statement she called on her federal counterpart Alan Tudge to proceed with the expansion only when he was confident the process was correct.

"We are concerned about the issuing of incorrect debt notices and the impact this is having on vulnerable Tasmanians, and their families, who have been inadvertently caught up in this process," she said.

"The recent announcement that families, pensioners and people living with disability will be added to the debt recovery program adds to the concern given the high percentage of Tasmanians who are in receipt of such payments.