A controversial work-for-the-dole scheme operating in remote communities has restarted after being suspended throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The Community Development Program has been widely condemned for the way in which it effectively punishes Indigenous people in remote areas.
More than 80 per cent of participants are Indigenous and the penalties have been described as unreasonably punitive.
The scheme was suspended in March as the country went into lockdown.
Service providers were no longer required to deliver face-to-face meetings, and unemployed people engaged in online training were given the flexibility to continue on a voluntary basis.
Financial penalties for jobless people who refused to engage in the program were waived.
But the work-for-the-dole scheme has resumed this week.
Labor politicians Linda Burney, Warren Snowdon, Patrick Dodson and Malarndirri McCarthy described the scheme as discriminatory and broken.
They said the program needed to be completely abolished and replaced.
"The government's failure to replace the program and deliver a real jobs program is a huge missed opportunity," the four said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
Australian Associated Press