Greens say there continues to be a lack of transparency and accountability on Robodebt with Government departments failing to answer key questions such as numbers involved, timelines, legal advice, costing and the on-going process at a Community Affairs Committee hearing today.
“People affected by the Robodebt process deserve answers, they need to know what is happening and what the process will be. The Government seems to be making this up as they go along," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services said.
“It shouldn’t be up to the slow court process for us to uncover what on earth has been going on and it’s clear from what we heard today the Government either won’t or they can’t tell us a lot about what is going on.
“Why didn’t we see something costed in MYEFO today?
“It’s obvious the process to review Robodebts will be a significant cost, their claimed savings from this process will change. It’s a failure of both economic management and basic duty to provide a costing for this.
“Yet again the Government is sending people into another Christmas with uncertainty about this process.
“This Government thinks they can treat people as second class citizens just because they are on income support.”
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