Labor will scrap the cashless welfare card.
As the chair of Labor’s Protecting Pensioners Taskforce, I’m proud to be leading the fight to scrap the Morrison Liberal-Nationals Government’s plan to expand the cashless welfare card to all Australian pensioners.
Unfortunately, we know from the facts that the Liberals and Nationals want to expand the cashless welfare card to include all pensioners. This means that 80% of your pension will be put on a card and the government can then control where you spend your own pension.
See some of the things that Morrison Liberal-Nationals Government Ministers have said about the card below:
2. Social Services Minister Anne Ruston confirmed that they’re “seeking to put all income management on to the universal platform, which is the cashless debit card.”
She said this in an interview with 7NEWS.
3. Social Services Minister Anne Ruston is publicly hinting at extensions to the card
“It does need to have a broader application than perhaps the social harm reduction that the original policy was designed on.”
Anne Ruston, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 Feb 2020.
4. Social Services Minister Anne Ruston wants the debit card to become a ‘more universal platform’
“I see… the cashless debit card becoming a more universal platform”
Anne Ruston, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 Feb 2020
You can view the full article by clicking here.
6. Social Services Minister Anne Ruston: ‘It is absolutely our intention to keep working with – not just with the CDC – but with a whole list of other programmes.’
7. Social Services Minister Anne Ruston refused to rule out a further roll-out of the card.
Start listening at about 8 minutes in.
8. A staffer in Minister David Gillespie MP’s office reportedly let the cat out of the bag.
9. Nationals MP Keith Pitt sees benefit in a national rollout.
The Kenny Report, Sky News, 28 Nov 2019
11. Senior Minister Paul Fletcher says, ‘Our Liberal-National Government is committed to the cashless debit card.’
Watch the interview below.
Sky News doorstop, 25 March 2019
13. The Liberal-Nationals State Council just passed a motion calling for the card to be expanded in November 2021.
This motion, proposed by a local branch, was passed by the Liberal-Nationals’ official State Council.
You can read more on that here.
14. Liberal-Nationals MP Stephen Bennett has publicly declared that he wants the card expanded.
“The income management idea should be expanded.”