Victims of Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the Gold Coast floods could soon be hit with false Centrelink bills.
Queensland Labor Senator Murray Watt claims that 40,000 robodebt notices will be sent across the state, with thousands going to those struggling from the recent natural disasters, falsely accusing them owing Centrelink money.
He says many flood victims will need to prove their past earnings which may be difficult after losing personal belonging in the deluge.
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He’s calling on the Turnbull Government to show more compassion for flood victims and to closely monitor any automatic debt notices so they are not delivered to innocent people.
“At the very least, Steve Ciobo, Bert Van Manen, Stuart Robert and Karen Andrews need to talk to the Minister in charge of Centrelink, Alan Tudge and guarantee that every one of these Centrelink debt notices will be checked by a human employee, rather than just spat out of their computer without checking, as has happened until now,” he said.
“It would be a disgrace if more false debt notices were issued to victims of Cyclone Debbie and its aftermath.”