The Greens have rejected the Government's claim they have "no duty of care" to Australians accessing pensions and income support through our social security system, saying there has always been a social contract with the Australian people.
"We work, pay our taxes to support our Government so that when we and our fellow citizens fall on hard times we know that we will be assisted to get by — that is what our social safety net has always been," Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said.
"It is very clear that thousands of people have been put under duress by this Government and the robodebt scheme has had a devastating impact on those who have received debt notices. Robodebt has significantly affected the mental health and well-being of members of our community,
"The lack of concern for vulnerable members of our community is gobsmacking. This Government is obsessed with punishing people on income support.
"The Government needs to take responsibility for what they have done, they should ensure that their review is done with a sense of urgency and that they keep people informed as to progress of the review process.
“This Government needs to take responsibility for the mess it has created.
"There is a lack of information and clarity about where reviews are up to and what will happen after that.
"Those who have been issued illegal and incorrect debts and relentlessly pursued by this Government should have their money refunded with a sense of urgency and they should also be compensated for the trauma and harassment they have experienced."
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie: 0418 401 180