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Robodebt was a policy fiasco with a human cost we have yet to fully appreciate

Peter Whiteford, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University The Robodebt class action bought by Gordon Legal has been settled at a cost to the government of around $1.2 billion. According to federal Labor frontbencher Bill Shorten, this is the biggest class action in Australian legal history. This comprised […]
Robodebt was a policy fiasco with a human cost we have yet to fully appreciate
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More than 1.3 million Australians are on the Jobseeker Allowance, according to official figures, as the economy haemorrhages jobs

Nearly one million Australians have applied for JobSeeker in the last six weeks, the government’s unemployment support payment and the successor to Newstart, according to government figures. The Department of Social Services revealed on Thursday that more than 530,000 Australians have been approved for the program since the middle of […]
More than 1.3 million Australians are on the Jobseeker Allowance, according to official figures, as the economy haemorrhages jobs
Tech

MINISTER: There’s nothing wrong with Centrelink debt letters so we’re not stopping them

It seems Centrelink’s data-matching woes will continue, with the federal human services minister digging his heels in and refusing to scrap the controversial system. The data-matching system, which brings together Australian Taxation Office and Centrelink records to determine individuals that supposedly received excessive welfare payments, has reportedly sent out more […]
MINISTER: There’s nothing wrong with Centrelink debt letters so we’re not stopping them
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The ombudsman has started investigating the Centrelink data-matching debacle

After an intense week of complaints from customers, politicians, Legal Aid, the social services lobby and privacy groups, the Commonwealth ombudsman will investigate Centrelink’s debt data-matching programme. The office of ombudsman Colin Neave on Monday afternoon confirmed it is looking into the matter. “Mr Neave has commenced an own-motion investigation […]
The ombudsman has started investigating the Centrelink data-matching debacle