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New “Demerit-Point” System Making Things Harder For Dole Bludgers

They could lose payments.

New “Demerit-Point” System Making Things Harder For Dole Bludgers

A demerit-point system will be introduced for welfare recipients who don't turn up for job interviews or work-for-the-dole appointments under a series of reforms to be announced by the Turnbull government.

News Corp reports that slack jobseekers will start losing payments when they reach four points, and when they get to seven points will be stripped of payments for eight weeks.

The demerit-point system is just one of the major welfare changes expected in the federal budget handed down in Canberra on Tuesday night, with the Newstart allowance also to be rolled into other payments and rebadged.

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