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Should contraception be free for beneficiaries?

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Women on benefits - including teenagers and the daughters of beneficiaries - will be offered free long-term contraception as part of a $287.5 million Budget package for the Government's welfare reforms.

But critics say the measure borders on state control of women's reproductive choices.

It includes $1 million to pay for long-term contraception measures such as implants or intra-uterine devices.

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