MP calls for crossbenchers to reject 'earn or learn' plan

A COMPROMISE on young jobseekers' dole entitlements is not enough, Federal MP Jenny Macklin says.

The Families and Payments spokeswoman called on the six crossbenchers who hold the balance of power to reject an expected revamped "earn or learn" plan.

Ms Macklin said Greens MP Adam Bandt, independents Andrew Wilkie, Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor and Bob Katter and National Party of Western Australia MP Tony Crook should back the opposition on any changes.

"The Senate should also reject any compromise that would leave young people without income support for one month," Ms Macklin said on Sunday.

"If passed, this measure will leave young people at risk of poverty, homelessness and social isolation."

Prime Minister Tony Abbott was considering shortening the income support period from six months to one month under a proposal put forward by Family First Senator Bob Day, The Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday.

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