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Monday, 19 March 2018
Page: 1495

Senator PATRICK (South Australia) (18:07): Minister, NXT recognises that, under the current system, Newstart and youth allowance recipients are breached and lose payment without warning. NXT believes that every person receiving a working-age payment from the taxpayer should be actively looking for work and/or addressing any barriers to work. However, NXT also wants to ensure that persons not engaging in the jobactive system are continually communicated with and given every possible chance, including a final chance, to engage with the system before losing payments. Will the minister detail how Newstart or youth allowance recipients will be provided with one further chance to engage with the system once all demerit points are exhausted?