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Legislation Introduced to Abolish Cashless Debit Card

Residents in Ceduna participating in the cashless debit card trial may soon be able to opt out of the program, as the Federal Government introduced legislation to abolish the card trial in parliament yesterday.

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The program is currently operating in seven areas across the country, including the Ceduna region.

Following the legislation passing, the bill will enable over 17,000 participants to move off the card, with the option of voluntary income management.

Federal Minister for Social Services, Amanda Rishworth, said the card stigmatises and it often makes participants’ lives more difficult because they cannot access the cash economy.

In contrast, Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey, said last month the announcement to terminate the card is a huge disappointment for the Ceduna community, where the trial has shown outstanding benefits and enjoyed broad community support.

Photo: Department of Social Services