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     4   Robo-debt system

Mr B. K. Mitchell, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        notes that:

(a)        it has been 41 days since the Opposition formally requested that the robo-debt system be suspended while it was fixed;

(b)        the Minister for Human Services says that the system is working well despite reports of innocent people being targeted, Centrelink staff at breaking point and widespread concern outside this place;

(c)        the robo-debt system has seen hundreds of people issued with debt notices which are either false or grossly inflated; and

(d)        the robo-debt system is due to target Age Pension and Disability Support Pension recipients this year;

(2)        condemns the Minister for Human Services for his failure to respond to growing community concern and calls from welfare groups to act; and

(3)        calls on the Prime Minister to intervene to halt the system and fix it before age pensioners and those with disabilities are terrorised for debt they may not owe.

Debate ensued.



Suspension of meeting

At 12 noon, a division having been called in the House, the proceedings were suspended.

Resumption of meeting

At 12.23 pm, the proceedings were resumed.




Debate continued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.