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So Centrelink Says You Owe Them Money: A Deeply Infuriating Guide To Your Options

2 January 2017
Tom Clift
Junkee

Did you recently receive a letter from Centrelink about a debt that doesn’t actually exist? Perhaps it suggested you have been trying to game the system and threatened to hit you with a massive fine?

Well, turns out you’re not alone.

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You have to wonder what percentage of the government’s proposed $2 billion savings will come from cases [...] where people pay because they’re frightened of what will happen if they don’t. And really, when the Human Services Minister is threatening to throw people in jail over imaginary debt, can you blame them?