Senate debates

Wednesday, 9 December 2020


Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020; Second Reading

10:00 pm

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

I move the Greens second reading amendment, as circulated in the chamber:

At the end of the motion, add ", but the Senate:

(a) notes that:

(i) this bill will entrench the racist, discriminatory, paternalistic, ineffective, top-down, blanket approach of compulsory income management via the Cashless Debit Card,

(ii) the Government did not consult with First Nations peoples in the Northern Territory about the introduction of the Cashless Debit Card or the continuation of compulsory income management, and

(iii) the Government failed to consult with people currently on the Cashless Debit Card about making it permanent; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) abandon all forms of compulsory income management currently operating in Australia,

(ii) carry out extensive consultation around Australia for any move to make income management voluntary and ensure that any new program is co-designed, and

(iii) immediately release the second impact evaluation being undertaken by the University of Adelaide".


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