23 December 2021, Guardian Australia, Luke Henriques-Gomes. Access the full article here.
Indigenous leaders argued participants faced tougher welfare penalties than those in other parts of Australia
The federal government will pay a traditional owners corporation representing some of the poorest communities in Australia more than $2m after settling a class action that argued the remote “Work for the Dole is a program that applies to people in the mainstream Workforc...” program was racist.
The The Community Development Program is a racist variation of Work for the Dole tha... (CDP) has required about 30,000 jobseekers in remote communities to work up to 25 hours a week to receive the dole.
Participants, 80% of whom were Aboriginal, were said to have faced tougher welfare penalties than those in other parts of Australia.
After sustained criticism from Indigenous leaders who claimed the program was racist and even “modern-day slavery”, Western Australia’s Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku and the Ngaanyatjarra council launched a class action in 2019 on behalf of 680 CDP participants.
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