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GetUp says govt should stop harassing people over 'debts'

15 February 2017
Sam Varghese
IT Wire

The activist group GetUp claims Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's government is shaking down ordinary people, often for debts they neither owe nor can effectively challenge.

The group's national director, Paul Oosting, said it would be launching a billboard criticising the government for failing to go after corporate tax cheats while it attacked ordinary people over "false" debt claims.

The billboard would be placed on the lawns of Parliament House on Friday, he said.

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More than 72,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to stop the automated Centrelink debt letter threats immediately.