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Senator blasts dole changes

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Young people forced off the dole for six months will consider taking their own lives, Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie says.

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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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