Many of the federal government’s recent efforts to glean savings from the welfare budget were ineffective and failed to fully achieve their goals, an audit has found. The auditor general, Grant Hehir, looked at seven compliance or fraud prevention initiatives, announced in budgets between 2012-13 and 2015–16. The measures were designed to save $2.1bn from the budget bottom line, the Australian National Audit Office said. Four of the measures did not achieve their savings targets, Hehir found in a report released on Tuesday.


Centrelink 'smearing' debt critics, says Labor

Noel Towell, Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday February 28, 2017

Centrelink is taking "revenge" on critics of its controversial debt collection activities by publicly releasing their private information, according to the federal opposition. The welfare agency's parent department, Human Services, says it has the right to make public the information when it needs to "correct the record" on inaccurate claims.