2018-05-02 02:28:55 UTC
While Gina Reinhardt must worrying sick about the reduced size of her
daily 'caviar and champagne' breakfast due to having to pay any tax at
all there are some in OZ who'd be glad to be to afford buying breakfast
at all every second day.
"Work for the Dole CDP scheme a costly failure that's harming people:
Since 2015, more than 340,000 fines have been issued to people
enrolled in the Community Development Program
About 80 per cent of participants are Indigenous people living
in remote regions
Report finds scheme has helped fewer than one in five people into
an ongoing job"
'By Indigenous affairs correspondent Bridget Brennan
Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion speaks to RJCP workers
Photo: About 80 per cent of CDP participants are Indigenous people living
in remote regions. (ABC News: Felicity James, file photo)
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The Federal Government has been urged to stop slugging people with fines
under its controversial remote Work for the Dole program with claims it
is "blatant discrimination" and has caused serious harm.
More than 340,000 fines have been issued since 2015 to people enrolled in
the Community Development Program (CDP), according to data released by
the Federal Government.
Roughly 33,000 people are registered with the program. They must complete
jobs and activities to receive their Newstart allowance in remote New
South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the
Fines are issued for non-attendance or refusing suitable work.
About 80 per cent of participants are Indigenous people living in regions
where unemployment can be as high as 51 per cent. They're required to
work 25 hours per week, for about $11.20 an hour.
To compare, there were 47,729 fines issued in the three months to
September 2017 under the Jobstart program — which includes 760,000 people
in major cities and regional areas.
In the same quarter, 54,758 fines were issued under CDP.
In a letter obtained by the ABC, the Australian Council of Social
Services (ACOSS) and a coalition of key Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander organisations requested the Government suspend eight-week
penalties applied to people who don't comply with CDP rules.
"People [including reports of pregnant women] are going without food for
days at a time, and some are disengaging from the social security system
entirely," the letter said.
"The loss of income is harming people's health, causing deep distress and
leading to a loss of social cohesion."
But Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion accused ACOSS and the
Aboriginal organisations of fabricating the claims and said they were a
Ördög, without any apologies
Ördög, without any apologies