The Australian Press Council upheld a complaint by the Department of Human Services about an article in The Canberra Times on March 30, 2017, headed “Another debt debacle” in print and “Centrelink hits 21,000 families with bogus FTB debts” online.
30 March 2017 – Correction of Family Tax Benefit misreporting by Fairfax Media
Fairfax Media has failed readers with sensationalist and selective reporting on the Department of Human Services’ delivery of Family Tax Benefit payments.
This reporting (29 and 30 March, 2017) displays utter ignorance of the system and misrepresents our submission to the Senate Inquiry on the Better Management of the Social Welfare System initiative. We also note we were not approached for clarifying information or comment before this story was printed.