Financially stressing people who can't make ends meet makes it hard for them to function.
The combination of community activism, journalistic investigation, political scrutiny and the legal aid system has ultimately provided a remedy to the victims.
The Morrison government is resisting calls for a royal commission into robodebt. But there are still too many unanswered questions about the controversial scheme.
Algorithms can take much of the hard work out of tough decisions. But to avoid problems like the Robodebt debacle or unfair parole rulings, we need to ensure machines operate with human-like ethics.
ParentsNext compels mothers into makework rather than work and devalues the work they do.
The government will repay interest and collection fees. What it hasn't agreed to, yet, is the payment of damages.
Assuming machines could take the place of judges belies their role as the third arm of government and makers of law.
The Commonwealth has conceded that its program of automatic debt collection was unlawful. It'll probably have to pay the money back.
University of Canberra VC Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss this week in politics, and talk about what to expect in the last parliamentary sitting fortnight, which starts this Monday.
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.
Getting people off welfare appears to "disappear" as many as it puts into jobs.
Robodebt isn't slowing down, and its being augmented with other ways of belittling beneficiaries.
The government's claim that its automated debt notice system is legal has never been tested in open court.
A new legal framework for automated decision making is critical to protect citizens in the digital age.
Beware the airy promise of cutting red tape and saving billions. They might come for you in a way you that hurts.
Jenny Macklin on inequality and Labor values
In this podcast she tells The Conversation a Labor government would fix "one of the worst" problems of the NDIS by abolishing the cap on the number of staff that could be employed in the agency.