Cashless Welfare Card

Last October a bill allowing for the cashless welfare card trial to go ahead was passed.

People with the card will have 80% of their payments restricted to certain shops, banning them from buying alcohol or gambling in order to minimise associated violence.

People would also be unable to convert this money to cash, leaving some with $60 a week in bills.

The plan was designed by mining figure, Andrew Forrest, in his review of the welfare system for the Abbott government in 2014.

Now senator Rachel Siewert announced the Greens will move to disallow the trial from going ahead due to a lack of evidence that the scheme will bring the desired results.

Eva Cox, Adjunct professor at UTS Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, joined us on the line to discuss the welfare card.

Producer: Mariam Hussein

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