Social services minister says debt recovery system criticised in Senate inquiry is tackling ‘a massive amount of overpayments’ to claimants

The social services minister Christian Porter has refused to apologise for Centrelink’s automated debt recovery system, after a Senate inquiry found it had caused trauma, stress, and shame to Australia’s most vulnerable.

The Senate inquiry into the robo debt system released its final report on Wednesday night, recommending the system be suspended until its flaws are resolved.

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