The Government has again relied on cherry-picked data to make misleading claims about the success of the Cashless Debit Card in the Hinkler region.
“The Government claims that unemployment has dropped in the QLD trial site but they have used the data for the much larger region of Wide Bay as the basis for this claim,” Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“It’s like saying that unemployment has dropped in Canberra using the figures for the whole of NSW, it’s ridiculous!
“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, now they are trying to fit the statistics into their flawed narrative, it’s actually quite embarrassing.
“Unemployment figures in the Wide Bay area dropped quite a bit before the trial started and have changed slightly since the card’s introduction and are clearly subject to seasonal variation.
“The Cashless Debit Card is a punitive program that punishes people simply because they are on income support rather than helping them address the barriers they face.
“The Government is wasting public funds on measures that are ideologically motivated and not supported by evidence or the community.
“The Cashless Debit Card is a racist and punitive program that disproportionately impacts First Nations peoples. It restricts human rights and unfairly targets people on income support.”
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie; 0418 401 180