Minister says errant providers of the welfare program will be penalised, but critics say this is ‘too little, too late’

Kelly O’Dwyer has ruled out making changes to the contentious ParentsNext welfare program before the election, despite urgent calls from the employment services sector, social service and women’s groups, and Australia’s human rights watchdog.

Defending the $350m program as having the “right intention”, the jobs minister said the government would instead consider penalising providers that breached the rules.

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