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Human Services Minister Alan Tudge defiant over Centrelink debt debacle

11 January 2017
Peta Donald

It was a defiant Human Services Minister Alan Tudge who fronted the media today for the first time since the Centrelink debt-recovery saga began.

Centrelink's automated system is being blamed for a growing number of welfare recipients who say they're being asked to repay debts that they don't owe.

Labor has called for the system to be suspended to prevent further stress and hardship, but Mr Tudge says that won't be happening because the debt recovery system is working as it should be.