Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria and NSW further ease restrictions as new Victorian police chief appointed – latest news

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7.52am BST

Back on the $721 million worth of debts to be repaid to Australians, opposition government services spokesman Bill Shorten is calling for “some form of inquiry” into the Robodebt scheme.

Speaking to Patricia Karvelas on ABC on Monday afternoon, Shorten also said responsibility for the scheme goes further than current government services minister Stuart Robert, naming Scott Morrison and former social services minister, now attorney-general, Christian Porter.

I think it goes further than the current minister…I don’t think the buck only stops with Minister Stuart Robert.

There should be some form of inquiry, there has been a human toll.

These are poor people. These are vulnerable people. Some people with mental illness. All of a sudden, the government’s chasing you for a debt which you don’t think exists or you don’t know it exists or you can’t remember it exists…This is a terrible pressure, and it’s been going on for four and a half years

Whatever the form is, I don’t know if it should be a judicial inquiry. I haven’t formed a view, obviously we’ve got to talk, through the opposition, on that.

I do think the parliament needs to talk further about it. It’s not satisfactory, is it, that the government says “my bad – here’s $721 million plus” and no one’s responsible.

7.06am BST

I’ll be handing over the blog to Elias Visontay for the rest of the evening. Thanks for reading and stay safe.

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