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Flawed baseline study will undermine evaluation of Cashless Debit Card in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay (Hinkler region)

The Department of Social Services has just released a qualitative and quantitative study of the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay CDC trial which unfortunately are once again flawed and biased.

“It is incredibly frustrating that the Government has done the same thing as they did last time, using "perceptions" of the Cashless Debit Card in what they call their baselines study.

"These "findings" will be used in the evaluation of the trial.

“Once again they interview more stakeholders than participants with over 30% of stakeholders Government or associated with Government, they are hardly going to be unbiased, further these stakeholders apparently suggested participants to interview.

“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 report does show that there are clear issues with unemployment in these regions but it truly beggars belief that the Government thinks controlling how people spend their money is going to get them a job. 

“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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