By Candice Jackson For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 05:56 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 06:40 BST, 1 August 2019
Sunrise newsreader Natalie Barr was forced to apologise on Wednesday after saying 'dole bludgers are trying to take advantage of the welfare system' on live TV.
And a few hours after the apology was Tweeted, comedian Dave Hughes was quick to defend 'dole bludgers' on his Hit Network Drive show Hughesy and Kate.
'We are here to defend "dole bludgers". I spent the better half of the 90s on the dole, and you have to be active or they cut you off!' the radio host explained.
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'I was on the dole for SEVEN years!' Comedian Dave Hughes (ABOVE) defends unemployed welfare recipients as he responds to Sunrise's Natalie Barr labeling them 'bludgers'
Dave was joined in the studio by Studio 10's Denise Scott, who also shared her extensive experience with the welfare system.
'I'm here to say for six-to-seven years I was on the dole,' Dave said, explaining both he and Denise were examples of former dole recipients becoming 'success stories'.
'I was on a dole for a short amount of time in my early 20s,' Denise confessed, before adding: 'I'm proud to say that we were on the dole as a family.'