Welfare recipients who miss an appointment with a job
provider could have benefits cut unless they have a good
Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash said the
government believed in mutual obligation - if you get
something from the government, the government expects
something in return.
She said it was incumbent on those receiving benefits to
attend interviews with job providers.
"It is only in extreme circumstances, that if you don't turn
up, you should be let off," she told Sky News.
Senator Cash said the legislation implementing this change
would be brought before parliament later this year.
Opposition employment spokesman Brendan O'Connor said Labor
supported the principle of mutual obligation.
However, the government was tearing up those principles,
depriving every job-seeker under 30 of any benefits for six
months, no matter how hard they were looking for work.
"We believe that this will lead to self-harm, anti-social
behaviour, crime - and it will not help the job-seeker find
work," he told Sky.
Mr O'Connor said the government was now proposing adding to
business red tape and giving employers of job providers the
power to decide whether job-seekers should be paid their
He said he was concerned this was more about a newspaper
headline than actual policy.
"That is a very complicated and unprecedented approach by the
government and I'd like to hear the detail from ministers
(Eric) Abetz and (Luke) Hartsuyker about how they would
actually implement that," he said.