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

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Shelley Bielefeld

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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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