The Cashless Debit Card is intended to reduce the consumption of alcohol, drugs and gambling and the associated adverse effects on the community by quarantining 80 per cent of a person’s welfare on a card so it cannot be used to purchase alcohol or drugs, or be used for gambling.
In February the Cashless Debit Card trial was extended at existing trial sites in Ceduna, South Australia and Kimberley, Western Australia. It was also introduced at a third site in the Kalgoorlie Goldfields, WA.
The originally intended fourth site of the Hinkler electorate in Queensland (Bundaberg / Hervey Bay) was spared. However, the Minister for Social Services has continued to push for an expansion of the card to the Hinkler region as recently as this past week following the federal budget.
QCOSS does not support this introduction and urges you to send this attached letter to your local Federal Member of Parliament and Senator. Find out who they are.