Exclusive: Inquiry into ParentsNext told government threatening to leave disadvantaged parents ‘without money for food for them and their babies’

One in five parents on the government’s contentious job-ready scheme for disadvantaged parents had their payments suspended in the program’s first six months, new data reveals.

As the Australian Human Rights Commission argued the ParentsNext program was “manifestly inconsistent with Australia’s human rights obligations” and social services and legal groups call for the program to be overhauled or scrapped, departmental figures show thousands of parents are having their payments cut under the new program.

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