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Internship scheme passes lower house

AAP logoAAP 23/11/2016

A federal government plan to hand young unemployed people an extra $200 to take up an internship has cleared the first hurdle of parliament.

The coalition's proposed youth welfare-to-work scheme, announced in the May budget, passed the lower house on Wednesday.

The government believes the program will help Australians under 25 get a job, but Labor is concerned big businesses could use it to get "cut-price" labour and that there are not enough safeguards in place.

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