Centrelink robo-debt inquiry
Published: 16 May 2017
The AASW was mentioned in two news stories across four newspapers on 16 May 2017 in relation to the Centrelink robo-debt inquiry.
The Senate inquiry heard representatives from not-for-profit legal services including Queensland Advocacy Incorporated, Basic Rights Queensland Incorporated, the Queensland Council of Social Service, the Australian Association of Social Workers and the Department of Human Services
- Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, West Coast Sentinel, Bendigo Advertiser & Illawarra Mercury: DHS resists calls to restore staff to robo-debt program in Senate hearing
Australian Association of Social Workers national president Karen Healy told Senators the removal of human oversight from the debt collection program had undermined public confidence in the system. "It's a large government agency which appears faceless to them and there's no option to negotiate. That is the problem for many people," she said.