Welfare cheats being granted exemptions soars - but their free ride is about to ...

Welfare cheats were able to use drug and alcohol addiction to avoid obligations  New laws coming into affect will crackdown on welfare cheats from April 1  A demerit points system and a 'three strikes' policy will also be introduced 

By Brett Lackey For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:40 BST, 2 April 2018 | Updated: 03:40 BST, 2 April 2018

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Drug and alcohol addiction has been, up until now, an excuse for those on welfare payments to avoid completing their mutual obligation requirements. 

However, under new laws introduced by the Turnbull Government that is changing.

The Welfare Reform Bill which has passed through Parliament brings a number of changes which aim to crackdown on those who may be taking advantage of unemployment benefits.

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan said new laws will  address job seekers who decline work or persistently miss requirements and 'face no real consequences'

Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan said new laws will  address job seekers who decline work or persistently miss requirements and 'face no real consequences'

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