The Senate has today supported a joint motion from the Greens and ALP to refer the ParentsNext program to inquiry.
“I am really pleased the ParentsNext program has been referred to committee inquiry, Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“This will enable us to take a really good look at this program, particularly as my attempts to disallow this punitive program were voted down by the senate earlier this year.
“The committee process will allow us to hear from the single parents affected, most of whom are women.
"Rather than being supported to raise their children these women are subjected to a mandatory program that is resulting in adverse outcomes such as having to give up work days and study to meet program requirements or lose their payments because their children’s medical appointments conflict with appointments with providers.
“This compulsory program is costing $350m, we need to know if this is the best way to help parents.”
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