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Centrelink scolded for 'Big Brother' texts

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August 10, 2017

Centrelink has been accused of waging a "war of terror" on welfare recipients.

Centrelink has been accused of waging a "war of terror" on welfare recipients after sending out letters and text messages warning against fraud.

The welfare agency, which raised the ire of Labor and the Greens following the recent "robo-debt" saga, has again courted controversy after alerting clients in several specific locations to a task force targeting scammers.

"There's a subliminal message there that 'we know where you are and we're coming to get you'," Labor's human services spokeswoman Linda Burney said in Canberra on Thursday.

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