The federal government says that a cashless Centrelink card has been an exciting success in Queensland, despite opponents who claim it is stigmatizing unjustified welfare recipients.
The card, which is being tested in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay, ensures that 80 percent of Newstart payments cannot be spent on alcohol, gambling, or cash withdrawals.
Social Security Minister Anne Ruston says data suggest that the card could reduce dependence on welfare and youth unemployment in the two communities.
But critics claim that those in need of social benefits are & # 39; humiliated & # 39; feel to be controlled by a card that limits how they spend their money.
The federal government says that a cashless Centrelink card has been an exciting success in Queensland, despite opponents claiming it stigmatizes unjustified welfare recipients
Senator Ruston says that fans under the age of 35 are forced to put themselves on the map, are fans, and Labor erroneously claims that it is a punitive system.
& # 39; They are actually very positive about the results and benefits it has brought them and their families, & # 39 ;, she told 4BC on Thursday.
& # 39; And while people get used to it and realize the benefits, they are actually out there, the ones singing his praise. & # 39;
The minister has pointed to data showing a drop of nearly nine percent in social assistance in Bundaberg and a drop of 10 percent in Hervey Bay since the trial began in January.
According to ABS figures, youth unemployment in the Wide Bay region, where the two communities live, is falling by 19.8 percent to 18.5 percent.
Senator Ruston said there were indications that Newstart recipients were getting a job, but she waited for more data to indicate what role the card could have played in it.
The card, which is being tested in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay, ensures that 80 percent of Newstart payments cannot be spent on alcohol or gambling, or for cash withdrawals (stock image)
Following reports on the non-cash pin that could be extended, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) issued a statement repeating their strong opposition to the card.
& # 39; The cashless debit card is designed to control people on low incomes just because they have been unable to find a job. "It's grossly unfair, impractical, humiliating, unproven and expensive," said Cassandra Goldie, CEO of ACOSS last month.
& # 39; If you have to pay with the card, some of the cheaper ways for people to pay, such as buying second-hand furniture or buying food at markets, are cut off.
& # 39; People feel humiliated when they have to pay with the pin without cash, especially in small communities. & # 39;
Mrs. Goldie said the cashless card & # 39; enormously expensive & # 39; is and urged political leaders to act instead by raising Newstart.
& # 39; Newstart urgently needs to be increased. 25 years with no real increase has left people in a spiral of debt and subordination making it much harder to get paid work, & she said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison stood by the cashless debit card and encourages processes to help people & # 39; of well-being and work & # 39;
Prime Minister Scott Morrison stood by the cashless debit card and encourages processes to help people & # 39; of well-being and work & # 39 ;, Seven news reported.
& # 39; We continue to try new ways to ensure that the social security system works not only for those who want to get rid of welfare, but also for those who pay for it, & # 39; he said.
Labor has fought against every national rollout of the card, which is also being tried out in Ceduna in South Australia and the East Kimberley and Goldfields region in Western Australia.
It says that the card may not be imposed on communities that do not want it.
The Greens have also complained against the system, accusing the government of picking cherry data and quoting unemployment data from a region that is much wider than the trial site.
"It's like saying that unemployment in Canberra has fallen using the figures for the entire NSW, it's ridiculous," said spokeswoman Senator Rachel Siewert of the Greens community services.
& # 39; The unemployment rates in the Wide Bay area have fallen considerably before the trial began and have changed slightly since the introduction of the map and are clearly subject to seasonal variations. & # 39;
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