'They don't care about average Australians': Centrelink staffer speaks out about debt controversy

By Tom McIlroy
Updated January 10 2017 - 1:13pm, first published 12:25pm
A Centrelink staffer says public servants warned against automated debt-recovery processes. Photo: Marina Neil
Labor has called on Human Services Minister Alan Tudge, who has just returned from leave, to address the controversy. Photo: Kirk Gilmour

Staff inside the Centrelink unit responsible for income reviews and eligibility assessments warned officials from the Department of Human Services that automated data matching would lead to incorrect debts being issued to low-income and vulnerable Australians, an insider has revealed.

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