As the Government puts their fingers in their ears and say LA LA LA over the Centrelink debt scandal – in which thousands of Australians have been sent notices indicating they owe Centrelink money – Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has finally, clearly stated Labor‘s position: scrap it.
This farce has to end. This stuff-up has delivered a summer from hell for thousands of people who have done absolutely nothing wrong. They are hounding ordinary Australians for debts they do not owe. It’s a toxic mix of incompetence and cruelty. I’m saying to the Prime Minister, just admit you’ve stuffed this up and suspend the program now.
— SBS News (@SBSNews) January 6, 2017
A report in The Australian at the end of last week indicated that Labor bears some of the responsibility, given that they introduced the enhanced auto-matching computer system that the Coalition has ramped up.