Young people forced off the dole for six months will consider taking their own lives, Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie says.
The outspoken senator says she will never support the Abbott government’s controversial budget move even if it was watered down to reduce the waiting time for under-30s getting Newstart payments.
“These guys are already feeling like a bucket of sh**,” she told News Corp Australia.
“They are losing their self-esteem and their self-respect and all it’s going to do is make these guys think about taking their own lives and I won’t be responsible for that.”
Senator Lambie met with Treasury officials to be briefed on the budget on Tuesday.
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