Mark Latham wants welfare cut if they don't learn English

Former Labor leader Mark Latham has called for welfare recipients to lose their social security after 12 months if they don't bother learning basic English.

The media commentator has returned to Fairfield, in Sydney's south-west, six months after asking native Arabic and Vietnamese speakers on the streets if they spoke English.

After repeating the exercise, and encountering the same response, he has proposed drastic action to address the issue of ethnic enclaves in a suburb where only 17 per cent of its residents spoke English only at home, in the 2016 Census.

This woman (centre) agreed with Mark Latham's idea of cutting off welfare after 12 months

This woman (centre) agreed with Mark Latham's idea of cutting off welfare after 12 months

'After 12 months of welfare support, a decent period, people should be expected to pass a basic English test,' he said in a video for Rebel Media this week.

'If they can't speak English after 12 months then cut off the welfare.'

Mr Latham was the federal member

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