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'Whistleblower network' confirms Cashless Debit Card trial currently sends welfare recipients' transaction histories to federal government agencies, including Dept. of Social Security

May 12, 2017 - 00:16 -- Admin

Voters have been raising many concerns on social media platforms about the Turnbull Government’s nation-wide Cashless Debit Card proposal.Two questions frequently posed have been in relation to the fact that the Indue Ltd account created for each welfare recipient will not attract interest on any balance recorded and, the inevitability that federal government will keep a record of an individual’s purchasing history when using this card.Other concerns have ranged from restricted purchasing opt

If Turnbull, Morrison and Cormann were expecting high praise for Budget 2017 from ordinary folk they are bound to be disappointed

May 11, 2017 - 00:17 -- Admin

With perhaps the exception of those big banks, the business community does not appear too unhappy with the Turnbull Government’s latest budget provisions, however letters sections in newspapers yesterday tell a different story when it comes to the average voter……Australian Financial Review, 10 May 2017:Surplus?

No women please, we're Liberals!

May 11, 2017 - 00:15 -- Admin

Rather says it all really…….The Age, 30 April 2017:Young Liberals at one of Australia's most prestigious universities have been accused of sexism and  misconduct during a student election.One young woman, who is a member of the Melbourne University Liberal Club, was told she was excluded from an event because she would make men "a bit uncomfortable

Turnbull Government identifies a new source of revenue and there are no prizes for guessing from whom

May 10, 2017 - 04:47 -- Admin

Now that the Turnbull Government has embraced big data and begun collecting and collating information on all citizens across multiple agency platforms, there is a temptation to explore all the money-making potential of this data.In March 2016 Treasurer Scott Morrison requested that the Productivity Commission:Examine the benefits and costs of options for increasing availability of public sector data to other public sector agencies (including between the different levels of government), the pr

Meet the new 'welfare bashers' on the block

May 9, 2017 - 00:16 -- Admin

North Coast Voices readers who follow Twitter may have noticed the account @creatingparity which is pushing the idea of a national Cashless Debit Card (CDC) for welfare recipients which will severely restrict an individual's choice in how they bank and spend any fortnightly/periodic payment or lump sum – only allowing access to an inadequate amount of cash in hand for bus, rail, taxi  fares and purchases from stores/businesses which don't accep