Adding paypass to the Cashless Debit Card won’t magically make it acceptable
While welcoming any positive change to the Cashless Debit Card adding paypass to the card is not going to fix the ongoing and debilitating impacts it is having on people’s lives.
"Instead of properly evaluating the trials and looking at the evidence, the Minister has decided to add paypass and give people one percent interest which doesn’t address the underlying issues with the card.
“The Government continues to falsely claim the success of the Cashless Debit Card and of income management, despite the ANAO report saying there is no evidence of a reduction of social harm.
“Let's be clear, these are no longer trials, they are ideological experiments that punish people on income support.
“There are so many issues in the trial sites which have gone unaddressed for years now. It has not helped the community with the barriers they face.
“The Cashless Debit Card is a punitive approach that disproportionately impacts First Nations communities and must be scrapped.”
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie: 0418 401 180