Labor signals plan to dump 'punitive' work for the dole program

Ed Husic tells ABC there are questions over safety and effectiveness of expanded scheme

Ed Husic has said that work for the dole is “punishing people for not being in work” rather than helping them find a job in a sign Labor is preparing to dump the program if elected.

Labor’s employment services spokesman has ramped up his rhetoric against work for the dole after evidence in Senate estimates that 73% of participants did not have a job three months after completing the work-readiness program.

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