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Welfare recipients hit by Centrelink’s automated debts

31 January 2017
Amanda Smith
ABC Radio National

An increase in debt notices from Centrelink to welfare recipients has been causing waves. The increase has been brought about by data-matching technology, which sees Centrelink data checked against details held by the Australian Taxation Office.

Discontent about the Centrelink debts is running high, with many claiming that they do not owe anything, or at least not the amount claimed. On twitter the hashtag #notmydebt sums up the feelings of many on that front. 

Centrelink maintains that the majority of people issued with debt notices have been been paid too much money by the Federal Government, and those people either need to pay up, or work out a payment plan.