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Labor silly stingy and mean on Centrelink debts.



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Fri, 4th April 2008 LABOR SILLY STINGY AND MEAN ON CENTRELINK DEBTS

Senator the Hon Helen Coonan Shadow Minister for Human Services

A Centrelink whistleblower today revealed that as part of Labor's new hardline razor gang budget regime that debts previously forgiven by the Australian Government are now payable to the Government's debt collectors.

''Kevin Rudd has been proven not to care about carers and pensioners, now his bureaucracy has gone mad is hitting some of the most vulnerable in the community.

''When the Coalition Government advised customers that it had written off minor debts, customers were entitled to expect those debts were no longer due or payable.

''The Coalition gave those customers a clean slate and an opportunity to move on. Now the Rudd Government has reneged on the deal and is asking those customers to pay-up.

''Kevin Rudd's approach is silly, stingy and mean.

''Silly, because when a debt is written off, its written off.

''Stingy because the Government has inherited an enormous budget surplus but is scrounging around for pennies and dimes.

''Mean because its hitting those least able to pay.

''The Government should get its thinking straight and make some informed decisions about budget priorities rather than sending out its debt collectors to hound members of our community,'' Senator Coonan said.