The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to immediately halt the recovery of money claimed to be owed to Centrelink and calculated through the use of data, after the Department of Human Services wiped a $4000 debt that was at the heart of a Federal Court challenge to the recovery scheme.
Vulnerable people and those suffering extreme hardship can get immediate access to emergency welfare payments through Centrelink, after the agency moved to the new payments platform developed by the Reserve Bank of Australia.
One of Australia’s largest debt collection firms, ACM Group, has been slammed in the Federal Court for its harassment and coercion in pursuing debts from consumers who had defaulted on their Telstra phone bills.
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