The Australien Government has made an ad about the Cashless Welfare Card, and it's surprisingly honest and informative!
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-*- SOURCES AND FURTHER READING:
1. Here's the report by Orima on the trials, however it's not easy to interpret these results: https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/...
2. So I recommend you check out the explanation of the results by Dr Janet Hunt, from ANU: https://caepr.cass.anu.edu.au/sites/d...
3. Here's the evidence for the claim that the Cashless Debit Card is:
• Ineffective - see Auditor General report which says there was no evidence that it reduces social harm (Australian National Audit Office (ANAO), 2018)
• Expensive - it costs over $10-12,000 per person (see ANAO, 2018 and Senate Committee hearings)
• Harmful – 32 per cent of respondents to the government evaluation said it made their lives worse (Orima, 2017)
• Unsupported - the government evaluation acknowledged that the CDCT did not have universal support from the local community (Orima, 2017)
• Discriminatory - breaches human rights of privacy and social security (Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, Community Affairs Legislation Committee, 2018)
• Paternalistic - it removes people's agency to manage their affairs (Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, Community Affairs Legislation Committee, 2018).
4. SOURCES for the above:
- ANAO (2018) The Implementation and Performance of the Cashless Debit Card Trial, The Auditor-General Report No.1 2018–19, Australian National Audit Office (ANAO)https://www.anao.gov.au/sites/g/files...
- Community Affairs Legislation Committee (2018) Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card Trial Expansion) Bill, (incl. Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights) August 2018.https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_...
- Orima Research (2017) Department of Social Services Cashless Debit Card Trial Evaluation: Final Evaluation Report. August 2017.https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/...
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