Robodebt: court approves $ 1.8bn settlement for victims of foreign ‘shameful’ failure | Centrelink debt recovery

A “shameful chapter” in public administration has led to the federal court approving a settlement worth $ 1.8bn between the commonwealth and victims of the Coalition’s robodebt scheme. Justice Bernard Murphy in Friday’s judgment criticized the federal entry “massive failure”, noting the court had heard “heart-wrenching” stories of pain and anguish from victims of the … Read more

National survey on understanding and experiences of consent

National Children’s Commissioner Anne Hollonds and Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins have welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a national survey exploring consent education of secondary school students across Australia. The Australian Human Rights Commission will conduct the survey, which will collect information about the extent of secondary students’ consent education and the understanding, experience, … Read more

Federal government criticized for continuing robodebt after admitting it was unlawful | Centrelink debt recovery

Services Australia has been criticized by a government watchdog for continuing to recoup money from welfare recipients through its botched robodebt scheme after it had admitted the program was unlawful. A commonwealth ombudsman report also warned it was possible a few thousand people may have missed out on a refund because their debt was either … Read more

Why robodebt victims are still seeking answers

rAnalysis: For the hundreds of thousands of Australians impacted by the reported Centrelink robodebt scheme, the year appears to have ended not with a bang but a whimper. As we rolled into 2020, robodebt victims were hopeful. Gordon Legal’s huge class action lawsuit – representing some 600,000 Australians who had been saddled with unlawful debts … Read more

Significant Legislative Changes to Alberta Workplaces Now in Effect

We previously reported on the proposed changes to the Employment Standards Code (“ESC”) And the Labor Relations Code following the introduction of Bill 32, Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act (“Bill 32”). Bill 32 received royal assent on July 29, 2020 and a majority of the key changes affecting the workplace came into effect on … Read more

Robodebt refund: Everything you need to know about the $ 1.2 BILLION Centrelink class action brought by Gordon Legal

Australians involved in the Government’s robodebt scandal, which saw over $ 720 million taken unlawfully from over 400,000 people, will receive a share in a $ 1.2 billion court settlement. The Australian Commonwealth on Monday settled the robodebt class action, on the same day the class action was to be brought to the Federal Court … Read more