Senators have granted a two-year extension to a program for which there is little supporting evidence.
The Morrison government has introduced a bill to parliament to make the cashless debit card trial ‘ongoing’.
The first independent, multisite study of compulsory income management in Australia suggest little evidence to support political enthusiasm to extend the policy.
Coming to a community near you.
Sabrina Roy with her baby Xena at the Milingimbi general store in the Northern Territory in 2015.
The government wants to triple the number of Australians on the Cashless Debit Card in the face of scant evidence it does them any good.
The Cashless Debit Card trial disproportionately targets Indigenous people, despite what the government says.
That the Cashless Debit Card continues to be pursued exposes a dogged obsession with implementing punitive policy at the expense of vulnerable people.
The Minderoo Foundation’s video was a heavy-handed illustration of problems in some WA communities.
The trial of the cashless welfare card, to control unhealthy spending in Indigenous communities, is being expanded partly due to emotive well-funded campaigns. Meanwhile, evidence is being ignored.
Almost half of the participants in the Cashless Welfare Card trial said it had made their lives worse.
It’s a mystery why another trial of the Cashless Debit Card is necessary – particularly given how it has led to further economic and social harm among its participants.
What do Ceduna and the other trial sites for the Healthy Welfare Card have in common? All are country towns with a mix of Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents.
Income management was first applied to Indigenous communities before being implemented more widely. The Healthy Welfare Card policy appears to be on this same path.
The government has promised increased funding for services to gain community consent for its welfare card trials.
How can it be determined whether any improvements that may occur as part of the 12-month “cashless debit card” trial are the result of the card or increased funding for services, or a mix of both?
The government should follow the evidence-based advice before wasting more money on a new “trial” program that further infantilises mainly Indigenous welfare recipients and won’t work.
Since the NT Intervention a large body of evidence has built up showing that income management does not achieve its stated goals. So why does it continue?
Various studies, culminating in the final evaluation report of income management in the Northern Territory, have found such programs don’t achieve the claimed benefits. Why did the budget extend them?
Real and sustained engagement with Aboriginal people should be the starting point in rethinking Indigenous welfare policy.
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