Calls To Scrap Welfare Program Which Disproportionately Impacts Indigenous Australians

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A Senate Inquiry into the controversial ParentsNext program has heard evidence from peak social services and human rights bodies. Many of whom say the program is punitive and unnecessarily intervenes in the lives of many young parents.

The program, which involves 95% women and 19% Indigenous Australians, was expanded by the Government in the middle of last year and seeks to help young parents to organise their lives and break into the workforce.

Many on the program however have complained about its suspension of their welfare payments, and a disproportional effect on First Nations peoples.

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