“The Government has today defied the Senate and refused to produce the legal advice relating to the decision to stop relying on income averaging under the Income Compliance Program.
“Using the excuse of “long-standing practice” and “public interest immunity” is not a legitimate reason to not provide this information which is in the public interest.
“Clearly this Government has something to hide. They continued with this draconian program long after the harrowing evidence of the Senate inquiry in 2017 and the recommendation that it be put on hold while issues of procedural fairness were dealt with and long after the major flaws with the income averaging process were identified.
“We need to know when and for how long the Government had information on the legality of robodebt.
“The Government is trying to evade responsibility for what they have done, years of trying to scrape savings from people on the lowest income in our community and the Government have been caught out.”
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie: 0418 401 180