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Greens welcome Labor’s support for Royal Commission into Robodebt 

A Royal Commission will ensure we know the full truth of what happened with robodebt including before 2015.  
 
“The Government has clearly demonstrated they are not going to hand over this information willingly and will continue to hide behind “public interest immunity claims” or claims that they have no “duty of care”, Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said. 
 
“This is why it's so important to have a Royal Commission, we need to understand what happened and make sure it never happens again.

"I’m glad the ALP have now joined us in calling for a Royal Commission. We need strong support for justice for victims of this scheme and to ensure it never happens again. 
 
“The Government has obfuscated and denied what has happened with robodebt for years now and they will continue to do so unless we have a formal judicial review. 
 
“Even after robodebt was deemed illegal the Government had the audacity to suggest they may change the laws and haven’t ruled out taxing the refunds of illegal robodebts! 
 
“People have been traumatised by robodebt and they deserve justice, if the Government is not going to give it to them willingly then we will campaign for it as we have done since this illegal program began. 
 
“It took many years for Labor to join the Greens calls for a Royal Commission into the abuse of disabled people as well the Royal Commission into the banking sector. 
 
“I’m glad the ALP have joined us in this pathway to justice." 
 

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