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AustraliaScott Morrison defends expansion of cashless welfare card

17:56  09 september  2019
17:56  09 september  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Scott Morrison is eyeing a national roll out of the cashless debit card as part of a self-described "compassionate conservative" welfare agenda but says he is prepared to be patient to ensure communities embrace the program before a nationwide expansion . The Prime Minister says the

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison says "further improvements" to the cashless welfare card might be needed as the Government will soon try to pass legislation to extend the debit cards to the Northern Territory and the Cape York Peninsula.

The card is given to recipients of the Newstart unemployment benefit and the Youth Allowance, quarantining 80 per cent of their payments to a special fund that cannot be used to withdraw cash, buy alcohol or gamble.

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's prime minister is eyeing plans for a cashless debit card for welfare recipients and defended a proposal to In an interview with Nine newspapers published on Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison flagged welfare reform would be a priority for his government

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's prime minister is eyeing plans for a cashless debit card for welfare recipients and defended a proposal to In an interview with Nine newspapers published on Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison flagged welfare reform would be a priority for his government

Appearing on 7.30 last night, Mr Morrison said the existing trials in the South Australian town of Ceduna, the East Kimberly and Goldfields regions in Western Australia, and the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay regions in Queensland, had proven effective in reducing youth unemployment.

"What we have found in the trials we have been doing so far is this has been helping people actually get into jobs and better manage their own affairs when they are under a lot of pressure," he said.

He stressed the rollout was still a trial but he was "happy to keep giving it a go".

Mr Morrison also said he did not understand the opposition to the Coalition's proposal to drug test welfare recipients.

"We're trying to work out if this can work, and I'm really puzzled by the level of opposition to the Government trying to tackle a problem of drug addiction," Mr Morrison said on 7.30.

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Lambie throws support behind cashless welfare cards The Prime Minister is close to securing a major victory for the expansion of the cashless welfare card and drug test for welfare recipients after receiving support from Jacqui Lambie. Senator Lambie’s support for the cashless welfare card is expected to give the government passage through the Senate. “I’ve always been a big supporter of the cashless welfare card, I’ve seen the results that it has had,” she said. © AAP Image/Mick Tsika Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie. Ms Lambie also sharpened her attack on Union Boss John Setka, urging him to resign.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged a national roll-out of the cashless debit card but a peak welfare body has described it as "unnecessary Mr Morrison told the Nine newspapers results of trials of the program - which aims to prevent welfare payments being spent on alcohol, drugs and

Australia's prime minister is eyeing plans for a cashless debit card for welfare recipients and defended a proposal to drug test some job seekers, setting In an interview with Nine newspapers published on Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison flagged welfare reform would be a priority for his government

The welfare card has proven controversial. Many welfare groups, including the St Vincent de Paul Society, have criticised the Government for proceeding with an income management scheme despite a lack of evidence those approaches work.

Participants have complained that the restriction on cash withdrawals was forcing them to shop at more expensive stores.

The National Audit Office, a government agency, released a report that found the scheme was generally well-run but it was almost impossible to tell if it was achieving its objectives because the data collection was poorly done.

Asked about this report, Mr Morrison said: "It seems like we can make some further improvements."

Labor is yet to decide on its official position on the expansion of the scheme, but Opposition frontbencher Tony Burke said it was creating "real problems".

The Government will likely have the numbers to pass the legislation anyway, with the support of One Nation and Tasmanian independent Jacqui Lambie.

Drug testing ‘unhelpful’ for older demographics on welfare

Drug testing ‘unhelpful’ for older demographics on welfare Labor frontbencher Matthew Thistlethwaite has hit out at the government’s cashless welfare card, dubbing it an” inappropriate” solution for Newstart recipients, some of whom are over 55 and trying to get back into the workforce. “We're talking about people on Newstart, the majority of those people are over 55 - particularly those older workers who may have been made redundant and are having problems getting back into the workforce because of their age,” the Labor MP said.

FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a joint press conference at the Istana Presidential Palace in Singapore, 07 June 2019. MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s prime minister is eyeing plans for a cashless debit card for welfare recipients and defended a proposal to

Scott John Morrison (born 13 May 1968) is an Australian politician who is the 30th and current Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the Liberal Party since August 2018.

'Bigger priorities' than spending more on welfare

The Prime Minister reiterated that his government would not be increasing the Newstart payment beyond the normal indexation that keeps up with inflation.

"What I want to ensure they do is that they get themselves back into work," Mr Morrison said on 7.30.

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's prime minister is eyeing plans for a cashless debit card for welfare recipients and defended a proposal to In an interview with Nine newspapers published on Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison flagged welfare reform would be a priority for his government

expand cashless welfare card trials, but will only back drug testing of welfare recipients if politicians "grow a spine" and submit to the same screening. The Morrison government will reintroduce two lapsed pieces of legislation targeting Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients when parliament sits

"But I also have big priorities on the budget.

"My priority is more, frankly, on supporting increases in in-home aged care packages than ramping up the welfare budget."

Mr Morrison said he remained determined to deliver a surplus budget, despite recent statements from the Reserve Bank suggesting it was running out of room to cut interest rates in the name of economic stimulus, and that some "fiscal" policy responses might be needed.

But Mr Morrison said it was misleading to suggest the RBA Governor, Philip Lowe, was urging the Government to spend away its projected surplus.

"The governor of the Reserve Bank is not calling on the Government to not have a surplus, that's a ridiculous suggestion, he's not suggesting that at all," Mr Morrison said.

The Prime Minister said the RBA had welcomed the Government's income tax cuts and spending on public infrastructure.

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