The Greens are calling for a Royal Commission into robodebt and the income compliance program saying it has caused enormous harm and trauma to a huge number of Australians and that it would help bring justice to the victims of this illegal scheme and ensure that a program like this never sees the light of day again.
“I can see no other way forward than through a Royal Commission ensuring a full, independent review of this program and a forensic audit of this mess”, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“It’s clear we will never get to the bottom of the social and economic costs of this illegal scheme until we have a Royal Commission.
“A Royal Commission will ensure that every single debt regardless of age could be audited.
“The Government thinks they can get away with only refunding victims served notices after 2015. I am sure that people who received debt notices before 2015 will come forward, they won’t and I will not forget the pain and anguish caused by this illegal process.
“This scheme traumatised many already vulnerable people in our community.
“The Government has been heartless and cruel throughout this entire process and their failure to even consider apologising means we cannot trust them to not do it again.
“It’s absolutely beyond the pale that after all this unnecessary pain and suffering the Government still hasn’t ruled out introducing new laws to allow a future reboot of a robodebt type scheme.
“The community will not forget the people whose lives have been and irrevocably changed by this program.”
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie: 0418 401 180