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Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Page: 2174

Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (17:48): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) compulsory income management failed to meet policy objectives as assessed by the final evaluation of the Northern Territory Intervention,

(ii) the cashless welfare card is a harsher form of income management, and

(iii) the evidence suggests That the cashless welfare card will not help people struggling with substance abuse, and may hurt many people on income support; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) abandon income management,

(ii) halt the unnecessary cashless welfare card trial in Ceduna, and

(iii) adopt evidence based policy that will genuinely support individuals and communities struggling with substance abuse.