Key Robodebt Documents Won’t Be Released

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A Medicare and Centrelink bureau   motion   is seen astatine  Bondi Junction connected  March 21, 2016 successful  Sydney, Australia. (Matt King/Getty Images)

A Medicare and Centrelink bureau motion is seen astatine Bondi Junction connected March 21, 2016 successful Sydney, Australia. (Matt King/Getty Images)

Documents that whitethorn person revealed what erstwhile ministers knew astir the failed robodebt strategy volition not beryllium released, a tribunal has ruled.

Advocate Justin Warren archetypal requested entree to the 12 documents successful 2017 nether state of accusation laws but the Administrative Appeals Tribunal connected Sunday decided to lone merchandise one.

The requested documents see aboriginal concern plans produced by the Department of Human Services, present known arsenic Services Australia, to warrant the robodebt scheme.

Warren believes the afloat acceptable of documents could uncover what erstwhile Prime Minister Scott Morrison and senior ministers including Christian Porter and Alan Tudge knew astir the scheme.

“We merit to cognize everything astir however this happened truthful we tin guarantee that it ne'er ever happens again,” Warren said successful a connection connected Sunday.

“Until we cognize the truth, the full truth, of however this abhorrent strategy was proposed, built and sanctioned – and by whom – we person to presume the authorities intends to bash it again.”

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, which is moving the lawsuit arsenic portion of the Grata FOI Project, volition see options to entreaty the tribunal’s decision.

The robodebt scheme, initiated nether the erstwhile conjugation authorities successful 2015, sought to retrieve A$1.2 cardinal (US$815 million) implicit 4 years from much than 860,000 payment recipients.

But much than A$750 cardinal (US$509 million) was wrongfully recovered from 381,000 people.

A royal committee into robodebt is present underway with nationalist hearings continuing successful Brisbane connected Monday.

Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to beforehand the committee connected December 14.

AAP

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