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Centrelink wiped out a debt of nearly $ 3,000 after admitting it was wrong to tell a government official that she owed thousands of dollars (stock image)

Woman, 33, had swept a robo debt of nearly $ 3,000 to just $ 1.50 after filing a lawsuit against Centrelink – as it appears that 160,000 Australians have repaid false debts

  • Centrelink lost a debt of nearly $ 3,000 after admitting they were wrong
  • Government employee Deanna Amato, 33, received a robo-debt of $ 2,754
  • However, she took legal action against Centrelink and left it good for $ 1.48
  • Centrelink then repaid her more than $ 1,700 after taking her full tax refund
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Centrelink wiped out a $ 3,000 debt after admitting it was wrong to tell a government official that she owed thousands of dollars.

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But her case will still continue in the federal court against the collection of the social security debt because the & # 39; defective & # 39; system is being revised.

Government worker Deanna Amato, 33, had a robo-debt of $ 2754 after the overpaid amounts were recalculated to $ 1.48, Victoria Legal Aid said in a statement.

& # 39; I am stunned that it has been recalculated so easily after taking legal action, & # 39; said Amato after a hearing in the Melbourne court on Friday.

Centrelink wiped out a debt of nearly $ 3,000 after admitting it was wrong to tell a government official that she owed thousands of dollars (stock image)

Centrelink wiped out a debt of nearly $ 3,000 after admitting it was wrong to tell a government official that she owed thousands of dollars (stock image)

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& # 39; Centrelink lets you jump through hoops to prove your innocence, but it turned out that they were able to find out if my report was correct and that I owed them nothing, such as the blame of the robot I had demanded .

& # 39; As a result, I have to question the system even more. & # 39;

Centrelink has repaid her more than $ 1,700 after this year's full tax refund cost, she said.

Nurse Madeleine Masterton is fighting her case against the system in the same court despite her debts since the approval.

Hank Jongen, general manager of the Human Services department, found it & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; to discuss the details of the case in court.

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& # 39; When reviewing our processes, the Commonwealth Ombudsman found it reasonable and appropriate to ask people to explain discrepancies in data, & # 39; he said and added that there was a special team to help people with compliance assessments.

The automatic collection system of the federal government has been criticized because it was inaccurate after reports about people paying false debts.

The Senate Community Commission will review the system, as Labor calls for robotic debt, while the Greens insist on a second investigation.

Government official Deanna Amato, 33, had a robo-debt of $ 2754 after the overpaid amounts were recalculated to $ 1.48, Victoria Legal Aid said in a statement (stock image)

Government official Deanna Amato, 33, had a robo-debt of $ 2754 after the overpaid amounts were recalculated to $ 1.48, Victoria Legal Aid said in a statement (stock image)

Government official Deanna Amato, 33, had a robo-debt of $ 2754 after the overpaid amounts were recalculated to $ 1.48, Victoria Legal Aid said in a statement (stock image)

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Labor frontbencher Bill Shorten said at least 160,000 Australians have been hunted to repay debts that never existed.

& # 39; This strategy of denying, denying, denying – and then folding at the last minute – reveals that the government fears in their hearts that robotic debt is not only immoral but also illegal, & # 39; he said.

Victoria Legal Aid spokesperson Rowan McRae said the system should disappear.

"We cannot accept a system that is so clearly defective and causes overwhelming hardships to the most disadvantaged people in our community," he said.

& # 39; It is important for a court to review the legality of the process that Centrelink relies on to decide that people owe them money. & # 39;

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Mrs Amato's case will be dealt with on 2 December, while Masterton will have a hearing after the case has been delivered.

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