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Centrelink referring people to Lifeline as one person receives notice of 140k debt

6 January 2017
Robert Burton-Bradley
NITV

Centrelink has been openly referring to Lifeline people who say they have been targeted for repayments of non-existent debt under a new automated system.

NITV News has revealed that Indigenous Australians have been caught up in the growing debt claims issue. Some people attested they were receiving demands for repayments of more than $20,000, as Centrelink accused them of under reporting their income while receiving benefits.

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Former Greens leader Christine Milne tweeted "What sort of Government terrifies its poorest people then tells them to ring Lifeline? Centrelink debacle must stop. PM should intervene now."