I felt severely depressed, pillaged and taken advantage of. I feel more sorry for the poor people who were hit with over 10k.
I told them that you can't just say to someone that they owe money from 8 years ago and that they have to prove that they don't. I demanded their calculations. I then got my bank details from back then to compare and my suspicions were right, every earnings figure was grossly overstated (eg. saying I earned $1174 in a certain week when it was actually $293) which was then used to calculated the amount overpaid. And in some cases even the amount of benefits paid to me in a certain fortnight were false eg. $480 when bank statement proves $407 which was also used in the overpayment calculation. The review officers are also blood thirsty and just want to give the debt even after telling them your bank statements prove otherwise. They are all trained to be money hungry communist robots and not to take no for an answer. The computer program used is called MultiCal - Centrelink debt calculator.