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Centrelink automated debt system will continue: Tudge

11 January 2017
Hamish Macdonald
RN Breakfast

The Turnbull government is resisting mounting calls to shelve Centrelink's deeply flawed debt recovery program.

The automated system has produced 170,000 notices of potential overpayments with thousands of people incorrectly told they have outstanding debts, some running into the tens of thousands of dollars.

The Commonwealth Ombudsman is investigating what many are calling a fiasco and a parliamentary inquiry is also likely.

Labor's Linda Burney says Centrelink is at breaking point and that the Human Services Minister Alan Tudge must suspend the scheme without delay.

But the Minister has made no admission of any flaw in the Centrelink automated debt system.

'The system is working and we will continue with that system', he says.

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Read the official Departmental transcript of the Minister's interview here.

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