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A Group Of Disgruntled Centrelink Clients Serve Alan Tudge's Office With A Fake Debt Notice

18 January 2017
Emily Brooks
Huffington Post

A handful of protesters have parked themselves in front of Liberal MP Alan Tudge's office, protesting the Centrelink #notmydebt saga with an abundance of chants and issuing his office with a "debt notice" of $300 million.

On Wednesday afternoon, about seven protesters sat in front of the Human Services Minister's electorate office in Victoria streaming the entire event on Periscope, as they called for Centrelink's automatic debt recovery system to be abolished.

The group played mock Centrelink hold music, and chanted "Hey Tudge, we won't budge" before being moved on by police at 2:35pm.

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The protest lasted about an hour, but when they arrived protester Kieran Bennett said "it looks like everyone's gone out to lunch".

Electorate staff were present but there was not sign of the human services minister, which the protesters claimed didn't matter, because their protests are far from over.

"We're coming for you all year, Alan," the group chanted once they were moved onto the lawn outside the building.

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"I'm not aware of individuals who are completely convinced that they don't owe money but have been given a debt notice," Tudge said. On Wednesday, Turnbull told reporters "the letters that go out in the first instance are simply saying there is a discrepancy."

"Centrelink has always sought to find explanations from recipients of Centrelink payments in circumstances where there is a discrepancy between the income reported by the recipient to Centrelink and the income reported by their employer," Turnbull said.