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Services Australia refuses to tell Estimates how many robodebts are impacted by income averaging

“Questions to Services Australia in Estimates this evening have made it clear that there is no justice in sight for victims of the Government’s illegal robodebt program,” Senator Rachel Siewert said.
 
“The Government using the on-going legal case over illegal Robodebts to refuse to release details of the process for reassessment of income averaging is outrageous.

"They are avoiding accountability.
 
“It’s unacceptable that Department officials were not prepared to answer the obvious question of how many people have been identified as in scope and have had their debts frozen because their debts were raised via income averaging.
 
 “It is in the Government’s interest, not the public’s to hide the number of people who have been impacted by robodebt.   
 
“The Government is hiding behind their claim of public interest immunity.
 
“This is a yet another cover up by a Government who refuses to take responsibility for the significant and ongoing harm they are causing vulnerable people.”
 


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