Indigenous self-determination

Modern slavery in remote Australia?

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Author/s (editor/s):

Jon Altman

Publication year:

2017

Publication type:

Government and community sector reports

Jon Altman reviews the design and effectiveness of the Community Development Program (CDP) and explains why it should be abolished.

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Submission to Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs: Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017

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Author/s (editor/s):

Jon Altman

Publication year:

2017

Publication type:

Government and community sector reports

The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017 looks to empower the Australian government to introduce the new Cashless Debit Card more broadly beyond the two trial regions of Ceduna in South Australia and parts of the East Kimberley in Western Australia; and to extend the scheme beyond the trial period that is due to end on 30 June 2018.

In this submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs, Professor Altman explains his concerns about such extension and expansion.

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Submission to Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs: Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017

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Author/s (editor/s):

Shelley Bielefeld

Publication year:

2017

Publication type:

Government and community sector reports

As noted in the Explanatory Memorandum, this Bill is to repeal ‘section 124PF of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999, which specifies that the cashless debit card trial will occur in up to three discrete locations, include no more than 10,000 people, and will end on 30 June 2018.’ This Bill allows the Cashless Debit Card (CDC) to continue in current trial sites beyond 30 June 2018, allows the card to be expanded to new regions, and allows an unspecified number of government income support recipients to be subject to the CDC.

There are serious concerns with the proposed legislation, each of which will be addressed below. Many of these points are drawn/quoted from my published research on income management to date, and from my peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the Cashless Debit Card that are forthcoming.

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The appropriateness and effectiveness of the objectives, design, implementation and evaluation of the Community Development Program (CDP): A submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee

Author/s (editor/s):

Shelley Bielefeld

Publication year:

2017

Publication type:

Government and community sector reports

Key points of the submission:

  1. There are Serious problems with the CDP Program
  2. CDP is a Badly Designed Regulatory System—Evidenced by High Levels of Defiance and Disengagement
  3. Multiple Punitive Welfare Conditionality Programs Can Compound Disadvantage and Create Confusion

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Changes to the Community Development Programme (CDP): A submission to the Community and Economic Development Division, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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Author/s (editor/s):

Shelley Bielefeld

Publication year:

2016

Publication type:

Government and community sector reports

The consultation paper asks the following questions:

  1. What elements of the current national Job Seeker Compliance Framework don’t work well for remote job seekers? How could these be improved?
  2. Do the proposed new arrangements balance the need to provide safeguards for job seekers with the objective of having individuals attend activities and take-up work?
  3. Are the proposed new arrangements simple and easy to understand for job seekers?
  4. Will the proposed new arrangements create perverse incentives or lead to unintended consequences?

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Submission to Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee - Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2015

Author/s (editor/s):

Shelley Bielefeld

Publication year:

2016

Publication type:

Government and community sector reports

I welcome the opportunity to make a submission to the Committee on this Bill. I make this submission as an academic with a disciplinary background in law whose research focuses on issues of public policy, social justice, human rights and Indigenous peoples.

My submission will draw attention to several problems with the proposed Bill: 1. The welfare discourse underpinning this Bill perpetuates destructive mythology about the poor. 2. Workfare regimes are inherently problematic and should be abandoned. 3. There are issues with the exercise of review rights. 4. There are issues with working for income managed/quarantined welfare income. 5. There are human rights incompatibility issues with the Bill which make it fundamentally unsuited to a society aspiring to uphold human dignity.

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