Centrelink debt debacle is bad policy for mental health

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    Abstract

    The controversial Centrelink debt recovery system shifts the onus of proof about apparent debts onto disadvantaged and vulnerable people.
    The automated system uses matching data from various government agencies to generate letters to those receiving, or who have received, Centrelink payments, claiming they owe the government money. People then only have a few weeks to respond to matters that may go back years.
    The debt recovery system could hardly have been better designed to create conditions that cause chronic stress...
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages3
    Specialist publicationThe Conversation
    PublisherThe Conversation (Aust.)
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2017

    Keywords

    • Centrelink
    • Social security
    • debt recovery
    • mental health

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