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The human cost of Australia’s illegal ‘robo’ hunt for welfare cheats

But critics said the system was “a kind of criminalisation of those on welfare”, part of a wider attempt by Australia’s conservative government, prior to the pandemic, to slash the welfare net. The government was also criticised for upping requirements making it harder to receive a payment,

controlling how recipients spend their money, and for proposals such as mandatory drug-testing of jobseekers.

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