Australians who have been slapped with inaccurate Centrelink debts may be able to sue the government.
There has been widespread criticism the new automated data matching system which uses information from the tax office has been producing incorrect debt notices.
Melbourne barrister and spokesperson for Australian Lawyers Alliance Greg Barns said in some cases Centrelink may have breached its duty of care to customers.
‘Centrelink’s conduct has been so appalling in some cases… there may be a cause for legal action for those who have been disadvantaged,’ Mr Barns said.
‘If they [Centrelink] act in a way that’s without due diligence, then they may be liable.’
The mother of a 21-year-old autistic man who claims he has been wrongly billed $3,000 for Centrelink debts says the government’s new debt collecting system is ‘heartless’ and a form of ‘financial bullying’.
Jack Rogerson is among an emerging number of Australians who claim they are being unfairly hounded by debt collectors because of the new automated system.
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