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Government’s Proposed Drug Trials Raise Concerns for Human Rights

Rachel McFadden, Tuesday, 30th May 2017 -  The Turnbull government’s proposed drug trials to test 5,000 new welfare recipients could be a violation of human rights, a Victorian law centre has confirmed. The Law Institute…

Peak Bodies Say Government’s ‘Witch-hunt’ on Single Parents is ‘Archaic’

Rachel McFadden, Monday, 15th May 2017 -  Australia’s peak bodies for advocating for the rights of single mums have slammed the government’s latest amendment to the single parent payment. In the 2017 budget,

Commonwealth Ombudsman Critical of Centrelink Auto-Debt Recovery System

Lina Caneva, Monday, 10th April 2017 -  A report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman into the operations of the federal government’s controversial Centrelink auto-debt recovery program has found that the system had poor administration

Calls for an End to Centrelink Debt Policy Despite Changes

Wendy Williams, Wednesday, 15th February 2017 -  The social sector is calling for the government to “shut down” the Centrelink “robo-debt policy” despite the announcement that Centrelink will no longer demand immediate…

Senate Inquiry into Centrelink’s Auto-Debt Recovery System

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 9th February 2017 -  The Greens and Labor have secured support for a Senate inquiry into the government’s controversial Centrelink automated debt recovery system. “The automated debt recovery system

Finding a Simple Solution to Managing Debt Collection Rules

David Tennant, Thursday, 2nd February 2017 -  Is there a simple solution to Centrelink’s debt collection problems asks not-for-profit CEO David Tennant. There has been a lot of public discussion about Centrelink’s automated

Video Showcases Centrelink Bogus Debts Clawback Fiasco

Wendy Williams, Wednesday, 1st February 2017 -  A tongue-in-cheek video is being used by a peak body to shine a light on the “ludicrousness” of the so-called “Centrelink bogus debts clawback fiasco”. Victorian Council of Social

Centrelink Rallies Call for Immediate End to Auto-Debt Recovery Program

Lina Caneva, Tuesday, 31st January 2017 -  Lunchtime rallies across three states calling on the federal government to stop its Centrelink auto-debt recovery program have been followed online with a nationwide virtual rally.…

Labor Calls for Senate Inquiry Into Centrelink Robo-Debt ‘Debacle’ as Pensioners Targeted

Ellie Cooper, Wednesday, 18th January 2017 -  Labor will push for a Senate inquiry into the Centrelink robo-debt “debacle” when Parliament returns in February after revelations that the automated system will start targeting

Note to Centrelink: Australian Workers’ Lives Have Changed

Peter Whiteford, Friday, 13th January 2017 -  The problems with Centrelink reflect a lack of knowledge of the actual working and family patterns of a large share of Australians, writes Professor Peter Whiteford of the Crawford

Centrelink Should Not Be Government ‘Weapon’ of Deficit Reduction

Ellie Cooper, Thursday, 12th January 2017 -  Vinnies has joined the chorus of welfare organisations demanding the government suspend the Centrelink debt recovery system, saying it should not be viewed as a “weapon” of deficit
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