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'Interventionist' welfare card that bans purchase of alcohol gains backing of Kununurra Aboriginal leaders

Date posted: 20 July 2015

Aboriginal leaders in the East Kimberley, of Western Australia (WA), are backing the Government's 'interventionist' approach to welfare, with strong support for a debit card that bans the buying of alcohol.

The brainchild of mining magnate, Andrew Forrest, the debit card would apply to Indigenous and non-Indigenous welfare recipients and it would have a limit on how much cash could be withdrawn.

Aboriginal leaders in far-north WA have been meeting to consider the proposal and already the town of Kununurra has expressed interest in trialling the card.

The parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister, Alan Tudge, has been charged with negotiating the rollout of the card. He said the card would be trialled in two or three locations where there is 'significant welfare abuse' and where community leaders want to participate in such a scheme.

The Federal Government is yet to announce where or when the welfare card will be trialled.

Source: ABC News

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