According to the BBC’s report, Albanese made a statement in the capital, Canberra, after the Royal Australian Commission published the final report of the 11-month “Robodebt” investigation.
Albanese described the debt system implemented by the previous government between 2016 and 2019, which he denounced as a “vile betrayal”, as a “human tragedy”.
In the report, the negative effects of the system, which is defined as “the costly failure of the public administration”, on the victims of debt were discussed.
“Robodebt was a sloppy and cruel mechanism that was neither fair nor legal. It made people feel like criminals,” said Catherine Holmes, Chair of the Royal Commission, which led the investigation. made statements.
In the report, it was stated that at least 3 people committed suicide due to the debts in question.
Due to the faulty algorithm of the automatic debt system “Robodebt”, which was established to recover benefits from people who received “unfair” state aid between 2016-2019, nearly half a million Australians were sent letters of debt.
Debts caused stress, depression and suicides in the society.
The system was found to be unlawful by a court decision in 2019.