Senate debates

Monday, 12 February 2018


Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017; In Committee

9:23 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I just want to indicate to the chamber, before I start with any further comments, that the Greens still do not support this legislation. Under no circumstances will we be voting to support it.

Having said that, there are amendments in this particular batch of amendments that, if they were supported, would make things a modicum better in terms of ensuring that social support services were provided in the trial areas. The change from three to two discrete so-called trial sites and the legislative instrument about 'an agreement of a kind mentioned in paragraph (2)(a)', at part 5, are something that we would support just to see that this legislation was improved slightly.

But I've got to be really clear: we do not support the cashless welfare card. So we will very strongly be voting no on the third reading, regardless of these amendments, because we don't support the card.


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