A statement on Ombudsman’s decision to investigate Centrelink

A statement on Ombudsman’s decision to investigate Centrelink

Many members of the community will gain some comfort from the news that the Commonwealth Ombudsman will indeed investigate Centrelink’s controversial debt recovery system. I, and I understand my colleague Senator Nick Xenophon, had been pressing the Ombudsman for such an inquiry so this is a victory for common sense and appropriate oversight of government policy.

My office continues to receive a large number of complaints from the community from people who are being wrongly accused of owing Centrelink money or at least finding it near on impossible to substantiate their income going back as far as 2010.

The scale of this problem is beyond doubt, not least because Centrelink itself has admitted knowingly sending out as many as 4,000 incorrect debt notices a week.

Skills

Posted on

January 9, 2017

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