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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Turnbull Targets Pensioners, Again

20,994 aged pensioners in Bankstown will be targeted by Malcolm Turnbull on 1 July, when his broken robo-debt system takes aim at the Aged Pension.

The broken robo-debt system will seek to recoup nearly $1 billion from the pockets of pensioners to pay for Malcolm Turnbull’s tax cuts for millionaires and big business.

This means pensioners will likely be asked to provide documentation for up to 6 years ago if the automated robo-debt system determines they may have reported income incorrectly.

The robo-debt system has been heavily criticised for falsely issuing debt notices – 20% of those accused of misleading Centrelink owe no debt at all.

Local Federal MP Jason Clare said “People who try and rort the welfare system should be found and should pay the money they took back. But rather than fixing this broken system that is targeting innocent Australian’s, Malcolm Turnbull is now turning it on aged pensioners.”

“Pensioners are already doing it tough because of Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to the pension, now he wants to frighten them into paying debts they don’t owe.”

ISSUED: WEDNESDAY, 24 MAY 2017

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