The Impacts of Cashless Welfare Cards in Aboriginal Communities

Since April of last year, the Federal Government has been trialling cashless welfare cards in a number of Aboriginal communities. 80% of a welfare recipient’s payment is loaded onto the card that can only be used for EFTPOS transactions, with the exception of alcohol and gambling. The government claims that so far it has had a “considerable positive impact” but is this really the case? Will it restrict the freedom of Indigenous communities? Anna Strzelecki, Aboriginal Student Engagement Officer from the University of South Australia joined us on The Daily to discuss this policy with us.


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