The latest move by the Federal Government to have the punitive Cashless Debit Card trial expanded to Bundaberg and Hervey Bay involves yet another Senate Inquiry. In February, the Senate failed to pass legislation that would have included Bundaberg and Hervey Bay in the Cashless Debit Card Trial, and there are no substantial changes in this new legislation.
Over 80% of the 170 submissions made by individuals and organisations to the previous inquiry opposed the Cashless Debit Card Trial. Despite the frustration of a repeat process, QCOSS again encourages members to lodge a submission to this new Senate Inquiry (closing 20 July).
QCOSS will be making a submission opposing the expansion of the Cashless Debit Card trial and calling for a Public Hearing to be held in the Bundaberg / Hervey Bay region.
QCOSS believes addressing complex health and social issues, such as alcohol, drug and gambling problems, through the welfare system is fundamentally flawed. The Evaluation of the Cashless Debit Card Trial showed evidence of multiple negative experiences and consequences, ongoing evasion and evidence of a lack of community support.
Submissions to the Inquiry close very soon, (next Friday 20 July). The committee website is here (link is external): You can email your submission to the committee at [email protected] (link sends e-mail) or lodge online, (note that you will need a ‘My Parliament’ login if lodging online).