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Welfare pinch hits hard as pension cuts and tougher rules affect thousands of Tasmanians

31 December 2016
Anne Mather
Sunday Tasmanian

From the article:

TasCOSS chief executive officer Kym Goodes said she had no confidence in a system that had already mistakenly overpaid people.

“We call on the Federal Government to suspend these impending changes immediately,” Ms Goodes said.

“Given the errors and stress caused by the Centrelink ‘debt’ collection notifications sent out just before Christmas, we have no confidence that the system is able to accurately identify those who owe money to the Government,” she said.

She said there was “little sense” in penalising the one in six Tasmanians who struggled to get by on $37 a day by charging them interest on overpayments.