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Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Page: 5995


Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister for Communications and the Arts) (13:15): The view of the government is that you don't have to choose between the cashless card and support services. The government is committed to both. The first independent evaluation has shown that the card has a considerable positive impact in communities, including 48 per cent of drug-takers using fewer drugs, 41 per cent of drinkers drinking less and 48 per cent of gamblers gambling less. A recent media release from the mayor of Kalgoorlie, where the trial of the card began earlier this year, stated that all the indicators were positive.