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Centrelink debt furore: police won't investigate release of welfare recipient's data

8 May 2017

The Australian federal police has said it will not investigate allegations the minister responsible for Centrelink unlawfully shared the private details of a welfare recipient with the media without their consent.

The human services minister, Alan Tudge, was told by federal police on Monday they would not be investigating the claims any further.


Tudge said the AFP’s assistant commissioner made it clear that the information released by his office and prepared by his department was approved for release and was therefore not an unauthorised disclosure.