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Migrant women ‘at risk’ in changes to Australian welfare access

A four-year wait for payments will disproportionately affect women, and children of migrants are more likely to experience poverty, the Senate has heard

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Barring permanent residents from accessing family and carer payments for four years will plunge some low-income migrant families into poverty and leave migrant women more vulnerable to controlling and violent relationships, a Senate inquiry has heard.

A week after the government held its long-awaited women’s safety summit, a Senate committee on Monday heard warnings from multicultural groups, migration and welfare organisations that the government’s changes would have a “disproportionately gendered impact”.

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