Support to subtract welfare if appointments missed

A SENATE committee has endorsed an Abbott government plan to remove up to $2000 of payments from jobseekers who miss appointments, despite concerns from Labor and The Greens.

The committee's report on changes to the "jobseeker compliance framework" recommended passing the bill, despite Labor and The Greens rejecting the bill on grounds it removed appeal rights from welfare recipients and unfairly affected jobseekers older than 55 years.

The bill proposed stringently enforcing existing, but largely not imposed, rules to ensure jobseekers who missed appointments lost eight weeks of welfare payments, even if the freeze put them in "serious financial hardship".

Those affected would also be unable to appeal the decision to the Social Security Appeals Tribunal.

It would also force older jobseekers to complete at least 30 hours of Work for Dole a fortnight.

Topics:  politics welfare payments

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