Abolish the CDP!
TUDDY, NORTHERN TERRITORY COUNCILLOR AND INDIGENOUS ADVOCATE:
The "Community Development Program" (CDP), is a work-for-the-dole program run by the Federal Government. It amounts to modern slavery - and must be stopped. It is causing incalculable harm to the people it is meant to help.
PLEASE, SIGN OUR PETITION. TELL TURNBULL TO END THIS DESTRUCTIVE PROGRAM. IT VIOLATES HUMAN RIGHTS AND SHOULD BE ABOLISHED IMMEDIATELY.
The Human Rights Law Centre describes the CDP as 'unfair and discriminatory'. Of the 33,000 people trapped in the program, 83% are Indigenous.
TELL TURNBULL TO ABOLISH THE CDP - TO MAKE WAY FOR A REAL PLAN TO HELP LIFT RURAL AUSTRALIANS OUT OF POVERTY AND INTO WORK.
If you are one of the people trapped in the CDP, you are forced to work for well below the minimum wage. You'll get just $11.60 per hour. Worse, you won't be covered by the Fair Work Act, by OHS protections, or by workers' compensation. There's no annual leave, sick leave, or carers' or cultural leave.
Punishments for absence from the program ranges from the loss of a days pay to being cut off welfare payments for two months. This draconian system means people in the CDP will suffer penalties seventy times more than a city-based job seeker.
At the same time, this discriminatory policy is undermining our rights at work. Employers are using the CDP to make a profit by undercutting workers pay, conditions, and rights.