Topic archives: Centrelink

Tips and rumours

February 28, 2018 11

More woe for Centrelink users to come ... Cash's innuendo ... who leaked against Roman Quaedvlieg?

Disability support plummets as government turns up heat on the vulnerable

November 7, 2017 18

Disabled Australians are being turned away from the Disability Support Pension and forced onto punitive and untenable unemployment schemes.

Drug testing welfare recipients a ‘tick a box’ exercise that can never work

September 1, 2017 10

There are between 200,000 and 500,000 people who want to access drug and alcohol services who are unable to because there are not enough doctors and clinics. What will be accomplished by forcing drug-addicted welfare recipients to join the queue?

Drug-tested welfare recipients will be forced to disclose private health details to a third party

July 21, 2017 8

Documents obtained by Crikey reveal a troubling new twist in the Centrelink drug-testing scandal. Freelance journalist John Power reports.

Tudge’s claim to legal privilege in Andie Fox Centrelink debacle is bollocks

May 30, 2017 17

Alan Tudge continues to obfuscate. But he's on increasingly shaky ground.

Tudge locates, won’t release legal advice on Andie Fox case

May 29, 2017 7

Alan Tudge says he does in fact have legal advice to say he was allowed to release a Centrelink recipient's private information. And no, you cannot see it.

Human Services plans massive robo-debt expansion on pensioners

May 19, 2017 9

The Department of Human Services will continue with plans to expand the data it uses to chase people alleged to have been paid too much welfare.

Information Commissioner to audit Centrelink’s data matching for robo-debt notices

May 18, 2017 5

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner will overhaul Australia's privacy code in response to controversy over Centrelink's debt notices.

Tips and rumours

May 17, 2017 1

Huge increase in Centrelink debt notices in November ... NBN spends millions on copper ... Turnbull's "netflix and chill" admission ...

Can Centrelink use wastewater to find suburbs with high drug use? Expert says no

May 15, 2017 9

The government says sewage will reveal suburbs with high drug use for Centrelink drug testing, but the experts that test sewage say it won't, writes freelance journalist Asher Wolf

Govt’s electronic health record plan is a data breach waiting to happen

May 11, 2017 12

And you should opt out of it as soon as you can, freelancer Asher Wolf writes.

Destroying the joint: drug testing welfare recipients will be expensive and won’t work

May 10, 2017 16

Evidence from similar drug testing for welfare trials elsewhere in the world suggest it is a solution in need of a problem.

AFP declines to investigate Tudge over breach of privacy in Centrelink robo-debt saga

May 9, 2017 3

The Australian Federal Police has decided that Human Services Minister Alan Tudge's leak of a blogger's personal info was all above board.

DHS won’t release legal advice on doxing Centrelink client

May 1, 2017 10

The Department of Human Services says it is against the public interest to release advice on why it's okay to breach someone's privacy.

Crikey Worm: Polling improves for govt, dole bludger crackdown

Crikey Worm: Polling improves for govt, dole bludger crackdown

April 24, 2017 3

Turnbull's week on "Aussie values" pays off in Newspoll, and yet another crackdown on welfare planned in the budget. It's the news you need to know, by Josh Taylor and Max Chalmers.

Centrelink contradicts earlier statements, says paying a debt is admitting it is accurate

April 11, 2017 13

A debt paid back to Centrelink is a debt owed, unless those who were forced to repay the debt ask for a review, according to Human Services officials.

The curious case of Alan Tudge’s disappearing legal advice

April 4, 2017 21

The legal advice Human Services Minister Alan Tudge is relying on to cover his release of Andie Fox's personal info appears to be missing.

Privatisation drives up prices and creates dodgy business practices, so why do governments persist?

March 15, 2017 17

There are four main reasons, writes fellow at the Centre for Policy Development Ian McAuley.

They’re at it again: stats collectors come back for another assault on privacy

They’re at it again: stats collectors come back for another assault on privacy

March 15, 2017 9

Unbowed by the census debacle, the Australian Bureau of Statistics is still threatening to prosecute people who don't hand over private information.

How to repair the budget without shaking down innocent Centrelink clients

How to repair the budget without shaking down innocent Centrelink clients

March 10, 2017 7

Tackling global tax avoidance requires long-term vision, but it's what Australia needs, writes ethicist and freelance writer Chris Fotinopoulos.