Controversial work-for-the-dole scheme taking a toll on young Indigenous people

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The remote work-for-the-dole scheme covers three quarters of Australia’s landmass.

Of the dozens of activities undertaken, not all are popular or worthwhile.

Last year, the ABC revealed one involved teaching “women about personal grooming and hygiene“, while another is “Plastic Fantastic 3D printing training”.

Not wanting to endure hours of low-value tasks, or navigate Centrelink’s labyrinthine systems, some people are dropping off Centrelink altogether.

Mr McKinley says those withdrawing frequently are young people.

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