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Tag archives: Centrelink

Disability support plummets as government turns up heat on the vulnerable November 7, 2017 18 Comments

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

Sally Whyte September 1, 2017 10 Comments

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

Crikey July 21, 2017 8 Comments

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

Michael Bradley May 30, 2017 17 Comments

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

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

Josh Taylor May 29, 2017 7 Comments

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

Josh Taylor May 19, 2017 9 Comments

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

Josh Taylor May 18, 2017 5 Comments

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

Crikey May 17, 2017 1 Comment

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

Crikey May 15, 2017 9 Comments

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

Crikey May 11, 2017 12 Comments

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