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The government seems not to have sought independent legal advice before demanding the repayment of debts it couldn’t prove were owned. Shutterstock

Robodebt failed its day in court, what now?

The Commonwealth has conceded that its program of automatic debt collection was unlawful. It'll probably have to pay the money back.
The present income averaging system will continue to be used in assessing debt. The key “refinement” will be the addition of “proof points”. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Government makes changes to error-prone robo-debt collection

The Department of Human Service's customer compliance staff will now be required to seek "additional proof" rather than solely relying on income averaging when determining if there is a debt.
An internal review found Stuart Robert had acted inconsistently with the ministerial standards. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Stuart Robert quits ministry amid new disclosures

Human Services Minister Stuart Robert has been forced to resign from the ministry after an investigation found he had “acted inconsistently” with the code of standards.
Labor has accused Stuart Robert of breaching ministerial guidelines by misusing public office. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Will heads roll? Ministerial standards and Stuart Robert

The principle underlying the ministerial standards is that ministers should uphold the public's trust as they wield a great deal of power deriving from their public office.
Warren Truss’ exit from the Nationals’ leadership will clear the way for Barnaby Joyce to take over as deputy prime minister. Lukas Coch/AAP

Nationals need to avoid the Truss timetable creating leadership vacuum

A new dynamic is coming to the Turnbull government with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss finally set to announce on Thursday that he will quit the Nationals leadership, ahead of retiring at the election…
Stuart Robert has come under scrutiny for a trip to China he undertook while assistant minister for defence. China Minmetals Corporation

Questions hang over conduct of another Turnbull minister

Malcolm Turnbull has sought advice on whether Human Services Minister Stuart Robert breached the code of ministerial standards during a private trip to China in 2014.

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