Anglicare Australia has again called for the Centrelink automated debt recovery process to be suspended. The call is made following Professor Terry Carney's scathing analysis of the program.
“From the start, this system has had no human oversight,” said Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.
“We’ve seen the Government reject out of hand the findings of last year's Senate Inquiry. That’s not good enough.
“Now we have a former member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal finding that the system incorrectly calculates people's earnings.
“He also finds that Centrelink consistently fails to prove the legality of debts – and in many cases, does not even try.
“We have no idea how many people are simply paying these false debts instead of challenging them.
It's clear that the goal this system is simply to maximise revenue. And while everyone agrees that we should stop overpayments, it is completely unethical to keep using a system that has saddled people with at least $20 million in false debt.
“We must suspend this program immediately – and stop its scheduled expansion to Disability and Aged Pensioners.”
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