“The legal advice to us was that we could[provide personal information to journalists]but only certain information…that was the original (media) article It was a particular line that contradicted what was stated in
At the hearing, Miller said he first heard about the Robodet program in late 2016 and that it matched the government’s explanation for cracking down on welfare debt.
Alan Tadge served as Welfare Minister from 2016 to 2017. sauce: AAP / lucas cook
“We were under a lot of pressure there, but I think we saw it as an opportunity for a good story.
Despite the negative publicity, Miller said feedback from the Prime Minister’s Office was that the scheme was well received among key fringe voters and people supported it.
Tadge will appear as a witness on Wednesday, where he will also be cross-examined by Miller’s attorneys.
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/shut-this-story-down-government-released-robodebt-victims-details-to-stop-them-speaking-to-media/6esr2l6ds Government released details of Robodet victims and stopped them from speaking to the media