How good is it to see our new Labor government delivering on yet another election promise, and what a massive difference compared to previous Coalition deceit?
The announcement of a Royal Commission into the disastrous and potentially life-threatening Robodebt fiasco by PM Albanese must have brought joy to the hearts of the thousands of vulnerable Australians who were snared in this human tragedy.
How good is it going to be watching these former disgraceful Coalition ministers hauled before a Royal Commissioner, put under oath and made to ‘fess up for all the hurt and suffering they’ve caused?
The Coalition insidiously orchestrated this illegal scam in 2015 when they transformed the existing income data-matching process to an automated system, therefore removing all human oversight by Centrelink staff before debt notices were issued, and placing the onus squarely on the welfare recipient to prove their innocence.
Even after thousands of complaints by aggrieved Australians, numerous suicides linked to this horrendous scam, and the scheme finally being ruled illegal in 2019, Centrelink continued to pursue unlawful robodebts until May 2020. This monstrous debacle was undoubtedly the brain-child of the Coalition and heads need to roll.
In Richmond we are so very lucky to have Justine Elliott as part of a Labor government that always defends the rights of vulnerable Australians.