People Who Criticized Illegal ‘Robodebt’ Schemes Were Doxxed by the Australian Government

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Australia’s government has recently been accused of deliberately releasing personal information on citizens who protested the welfare payment debt recovery scheme.

This scheme, commonly referred to as the ‘Robodebt’ scheme, has been linked to multiple suicides and is now being investigated by the Australian National Audit Office and a Senate inquiry after it was found to have no legal basis.

The Australian government is facing scrutiny over its illegal ‘Robodebt’ scheme, which saw it release personal information on citizens who protested the welfare payment debt recovery scheme.

Under the scheme, the government used automated data matching to compare income reported to Centrelink against data from the Australian Taxation Office. The calculations used to determine the alleged “debts” were flawed, and most of these “debts” did not exist. This led to people incorrectly being accused of owing money to Centrelink.

Alan Tudge, the minister, said, “It was not his intention that the release of personal information would be perceived as intimidating by others who believed their debts were incorrectly calculated.”

Australia’s government has recently been accused of deliberately releasing personal information on citizens who protested the welfare payment debt recovery scheme, known as ‘Robodebt’. The scheme was found to have no legal basis and has since been investigated by the Australian National Audit Office and a Senate inquiry.

Under the scheme, the government used automated data matching to compare income reported to Centrelink against data from the Australian Taxation Office. However, it was soon revealed that the calculations used to determine alleged “debts” were flawed, leading to many people being incorrectly accused of owing money they did not owe.

The response from those affected by Robodebt was swift and furious, with some claiming it had caused them intense emotional distress and psychological harm. In addition to this backlash, legal challenges were filed in court, claiming compensation for wrongly calculated debts.

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