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Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Page: 2175

Senator RYAN (VictoriaMinister for Vocational Education and Skills) (17:48): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator RYAN: The government will not be supporting this motion. I am pleased to advise that yesterday saw the first cashless welfare debit cards issued as part of a trial in Ceduna aimed at reducing welfare fuelled alcohol, drug and gambling abuse. The government has worked closely with the Ceduna community on the co-design of the cashless debit card trial over the last 12 months, which provides a Visa cashless debit card to all working-age income support recipients, along with additional drug and alcohol and other support services. Over $1 million of additional services have been put in place in preparation for this trial. This includes additional drug and alcohol services, a 24/7 mobile outreach service and financial counselling.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Siewert be agreed to.