5 votes Robodebt: Confidential documents reveal size and impact of years-long debacle and that Australian government is still pursuing Australians to try and validate debts Posted March 27 by Algernon_Asimov Tags: australia, politics, centrelink, welfare, robodebt, debt https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/27/robodebt-government-admits-it-will-be-forced-to-refund-550m-under-botched-scheme Link information This data is scraped automatically and may be incorrect. Title Robodebt: government admits it will be forced to refund $550m under botched scheme Authors Luke Henriques-Gomes Published Mar 26 2020 Word count 1056 words 1 comment Collapse replies Expand all Comments sorted by most votes newest first order posted relevance OK Algernon_Asimov (OP) March 27 Link Even in the midst of this shitfest, this particular point grabbed my attention. At a time when people are literally queuing up to apply for unemployment benefits, the government website crashes... It can also be revealed that despite government assurances that all Centrelink resources have been diverted into processing a growing backlog of new dole claims thanks to the coronavirus crisis, Services Australia staff continue to chase Australians for payslips and bank statements in an effort to validate potentially unlawful welfare debts. Even in the midst of this shitfest, this particular point grabbed my attention. At a time when people are literally queuing up to apply for unemployment benefits, the government website crashes under the load of applications, and the government has said it will hire 5,000 new staff to cope with the workload... there are still staff trying to follow up dodgy debts. The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. And the left hand is being a total selfish bastard.