The government has robbed the poorest Australians of more than $1 billion. But it refuses to apologise.

CLA is adding its voice to the calls for a Royal Commission. Politicians and bureaucrats responsible for the daylight robbery and profound stress of fellow Australians need to be called to account. It is long past time that responsibility and accountability were reintroduced into public life, CLA says.
The government should begin by issuing a public apology to all those people affected, and to the nation in general. It is not the business of government to break the law.

All welfare debts unlawfully issued by the federal government under its ‘robodebt’ scam are expected to top $1bn, a report in Guardian Australia indicates. The government has promised to repay $720m to 373,000 past and present welfare recipients over 470,000 unlawful demands for money calculated using faulty “income averaged” annual pay data as part of Centrelink’s income compliance program. New internal estimates are reported to show the total value of those 470,000 unlawful debts will be close to $1.5bn.

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