Drop in birth weights and school attendance could be linked to NT welfare restrictions

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Researchers say cashless welfare card could have similar negative consequences to income management scheme

School attendance and birth weights fell in the months immediately following the introduction of income management measures as part of the Northern Territory intervention, two new studies have found.

The research by the University of Sydney and the Menzies School of Health Research found that rates of school attendance fell an average of 2.5 percentage points, or 4%, across the 73 remote Aboriginal communities and 10 town camps put under compulsory income management in the 13 months from September 2007 and October 2008.

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