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The government’s horrific start to the year is fully deserved and completely appropriate

15 January 2017
Greg Jericho
Guardian

The government’s horrific start to the year is not only fully deserved, it is completely appropriate. The Centrelink shemozzle and entitlements abuses are a wonderful amalgam of the absence of respect for those on welfare and the tin-eared political nous which characterises this government.

Let’s not pretend that Centrelink issuing faulty debt notices is just a case of IT gone wrong. 

Faults where people are issued debt notices of $14,000 due to the system incorrectly duplicating employers, or because it hamfistedly averages annual income over 52 weeks are not really IT glitches, but rather are part of the policy design.