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Greens call on new Minister to suspend and review robodebt

The Australian Greens are calling on the Government to immediately suspend the controversial robodebt program while a review is undertaken.

“We will go back to Parliament in a couple of weeks to rush through tax cuts for high income earners while those living below the poverty line are being harassed by their own Government to pay back debts they don’t even owe,” Senator Rachel Siewert said.

 “It was the recommendation of a senate inquiry that I chaired over two years ago to suspend robodebt until the issues could be ironed out, particularly the use of “income averaging”.

“The Government ignored this recommendation and instead ramped up the program.                                                                         

“It’s shameful to be putting people on the lowest income through the stress and anxiety of the robodebt scheme which is fundamentally flawed.

“It’s also far too convenient that the person at the centre of a Federal Court challenge to robodebt had their debt wiped.

“It is well documented that this program impacts on the mental health of the most vulnerable in our community. It’s time to stop targeting people on income support for savings.”

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