A federal Liberal backbencher has hit out at the Coalition’s plan to make a controversial scheme a permanent fixture of Australia’s social welfare framework, labelling it as “punitive” and arguing her community could never support it.
- The Government wants to expand its cashless welfare program, which restricts how welfare recipients can spend money
- Tasmanian Liberal MP Bridget Archer argues the scheme punishes people, and her community won’t support it
- Labor is encouraging her to vote against the expansion in Parliament
Tasmanian Liberal Bridget Archer argues numerous inquiries have failed to find any evidence the cashless debit card scheme has any benefit to at-risk communities.
And she says it fails to address systemic issues of…