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Class action launched against Centrelink's controversial robo-debt system

Lawyers and former Labor leader Bill Shorten have unveiled a class action against Centrelink's controversial robo-debt welfare recovery scheme.
SBS - Published

Woman's robo-debt goes from $2754 to $1.48 after legal challenge

'I'm stunned that it was recalculated so easily after I took action,' Deanna Amato said after a hearing in the Melbourne court.
Sydney Morning Herald - Published Also reported by •The AgeBrisbane Times

'Whiteboard of shame': Robo-debt compliance officers 'worked to targets'

Centrelink has been using a target-driven system to claw back welfare debts, according to three former contractors, who say it has led to cutting corners.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

Government asks pensioner to repay thousands and he still doesn’t know why

Transparency, onus of proof and the debt collecting tactics of Centrelink’s so-called ‘robodebt’ system questioned as calls to shutdown the automatic debt recovery system ramps up.
SBS - Published

Labor grills government over Queensland flood robodebt

Labor has piled pressure on Social Services Minister Anne Ruston over Townsville flood victims being pursued for welfare debts.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

Government lawyers admit 'robo-debt' error during Federal Court action

Lawyers for the Department of Humans Services have admitted the government agency got it "wrong" when slapping a Melbourne nurse with a Centrelink 'robo-debt', during Federal Court action this week. 
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

Issues with robo-debt flagged with the UN

In a submission to the UN, the Human Rights Law Centre has flagged concerns with Centrelink's use of automation for penalties, saying it creates more poverty.
SBS - Published

New robo-debt challenge in Federal Court

A second challenge against Centrelink's robo-debt program is being launched by Victorian Legal Aid.
SBS - Published

Legal Aid launches new battle against robo-debt

Deanna Amat only discovered she had a robo-debt when the government took her entire tax return in January. With the backing of Legal Aid Victoria, she is now taking on the government in court.
Brisbane Times - Published Also reported by •Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age

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