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Greens and Labor to move for Senate inquiry on Centrelink automated debt systems

7 February 2017
Tom McIlroy & Peter Martin
SMH

Labor and the Greens are set to force a Senate inquiry into Centrelink's controversial automated debt recovery system, an issue that had dogged the federal government for more than two months.

The Senate will vote on a motion to establish a wide-ranging probe on Wednesday as the government continues to defend data-matching of records held by government agencies to recover millions in overpayments to welfare recipients.

Labor's Doug Cameron and the Greens' Rachel Siewert gave notice of the motion on Tuesday, with Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party and the Nick Xenophon group expected to support establishment of the inquiry.

The move comes as the Community and Public Sector Union plans six days of targeted industrial action over stalled enterprise-bargaining efforts and the debt-recovery controversy from next week.