Centrelink’s automated debt recovery will continue despite a widespread backlash.
Some Centrelink recipients that have been targeted in the department’s new debt recovery endeavour are finding themselves in severe financial stress, with some looking at taking out a payday loan to get by. Speaking to the Herald Sun, Centrelink recipient Michael Bond said issues relating to debt recovery were affecting his Medicare payments. He and his family, who reside in Melbourne, are owed $500.
Well probably have to get a payday loan, Bond said. Theyre going on holiday with their families and we cant afford to buy food.
Jonathan Brown, spokesperson for the Consumer Action Law Centre, s…
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