The Greens are calling on Bill Shorten to commit to abandoning the cashless debit card trials Australia wide if they win Government this year.
“While it’s a positive development that Mr Shorten has finally realised that income management is a punitive approach with no evidence that it works, he must commit to abandoning all of the trial sites, Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services said.
“Labor is on the record as not supporting the trials in the Goldfields and Hinkler, but are still playing it both ways in the other trial sites, Ceduna and the East Kimberley.
“It doesn’t add up, either Labor believes the card works or that it doesn’t.
“Today is a sad and worrying day for the people of the Hinkler region. I was in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay late last year and members of the community are devastated by what this card will mean for them.
"Have Mr Morrison and Mr Fletcher bothered to read the ANAO report and the final evaluation of the NT Intervention? Income management met none of its objectives. The ANAO report found there was not evidence of a reduction in social harm.
“I don't think that anyone in this Government has actually had a conversation with someone on income support, because if they had, they would know that people living close to and below the poverty line are some of the best managers of money. Because every single dollar counts and has to be accounted for."
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie: 0418 401 180