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Social media campaign reveals misery of Centrelink debt recovery

10 January 2017
Marie Sansom
Government News

A social media campaign #notmydebt is sharing stories of individual’s debt letters and the effect it has had on them.

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Meanwhile, the Opposition and the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) have called on the government to shut down the process, which has been driven by matching ATO and Centrelink data, while its 20 per cent error rate is examined. About 170,000 letters have been issued since the beginning of the financial year based on auto-matched data from the ATO and Centrelink.

Commonwealth Ombudsman Colin Neave has pledged to investigate the matter.