Community development program forces Indigenous Australians into what should be fully paid jobs, legal groups say

The federal government’s remote work-for-the-dole scheme is racially discriminatory and fails to address the key issues behind high unemployment in remote Indigenous communities, legal groups have said.

The Human Rights Law Centre and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency both provided submissions to the federal inquiry into the community development program, which was launched in July 2015. The CDP requires participants to do 25 hours a week of “work-like” activity to receive welfare payments.

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