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Cashless Debit Card: Poor quality, biased study presents opinions as evaluation

The Government has once again used poorly drawn, qualitative "research" to attempt to justify the cashless debit card roll out.

“It is incredibly frustrating that the Government has done the same thing as they did last time, using "perceptions" to evaluate these trials and presenting the "findings" as qualitative baseline data," Senator Rachel Siewert said.

“They have released a report of semi-structured qualitative interviews with only 64 of the 2995 people on the card in the Goldfields while 66 "stakeholders" were spoken with?

“The presentation of this research is hugely problematic and many of the stakeholders biased views come through in theircomments.

“I have asked the department and the Government many many times and I asked again in Estimates today, where is the baseline data so we can compare outcomes before and after the trial?

“To date this has not been forthcoming and they continue to use “feel opinions” to justify their continued support for the Cashless Debit Card.

"This “evaluation” measures perceptions not outcomes.

“After the ORIMA reports were highly criticised for their methodology and approach, the Government went ahead with a report which takes a very similar approach.

“We need social policy based on outcomes – not perceptions. People’s lives are too important to subject them to this ideological social experiment which is being justified on perceptions.

“This $550,000 report does not justify a continuation of the trials and the department has today said they commenced a very similar “evaluation” in the Hinkler region for the same cost. However they only started collecting “baseline” data in December.

“The Government should stop wasting tax payers money on these flawed evaluations in an attempt to justify their ideological position and abandon the Cashless Debit Card."


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