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Centrelink robodebt scheme: Half a million Aussies to receive $720million in refunds

The government is forking out $721 million to repay the thousands of people who fell prey to the bungled scheme.

All robodebts will be repaid to Australians from July, the federal government has announced.

Government Services Minister Stuart Robert says about 470,000 debts had been raised, totalling about $721 million.

“Services Australia will now put in place the mechanisms needed to start making refunds, including how affected customers are advised of next steps,” he said on Friday.

More to come

Labor says anyone who paid the Federal Government under the robodebt program should get a refund.

The government scheme compared data from Centrelink with the Australian Tax Office to find welfare cheats and was severely criticised for forcing people to pay money they did not owe.

Shadow Minister for Government Services Bill Shorten said debt raised only on the computerised process should be repaid.

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