Christian Porter served with giant robodebt notice

Christian Porter served with giant robodebt notice

FOUR weeks out from the Federal Election Christian Porter has been served with a giant debt notice for his role in the robodebt program that saw 70,000 Australians receive a false debt threat.

GetUp lead campaigner Ed Miller said there was no place in Parliament for politicians who bully and intimidate people doing it tough.

“As Social Services Minister Christian Porter oversaw the disastrous robodebt system that sent thousands of false debt threats to families doing it tough,” he said.

“It was a scandalous attack on some of the most vulnerable in our communities.

“Christian Porter has been at the centre of effort to marginalise people living on welfare, so we’ve served the debt notice back on him.

“This election he needs to answer not just for these false debt threats, but for his role in cutting workers pay, cutting hospital funding, blocking investigations into the big banks.

However, Mr Porter said as Social Services Minister he helped move 150,000 people off welfare into work.

“GetUp don’t care about WA,” he said.

“Where was GetUp when West Australians were fighting for a greater share of the GST?

“They were nowhere to be seen.

“Where was GetUp fighting for infrastructure that’s been delivered by the Coalition Government?

“Things like $1 billion on NorthLink, $500 million for Ellenbrook Rail, or $350 million for Yanchep rail and other major projects?

“They were nowhere to be seen.”

A Centrelink client has taken the Government to court in a landmark case over its controversial robodebt system, with the government facing calls to suspend the program during the process.

Victoria Legal Aid filed papers in the Federal Court on behalf of Madeleine Masterton who is challenging Centrelink’s automated debt-recovery system to see whether the process that calculated an alleged robodebt of around $4000, is lawful.