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Cashless welfare card to be trialled in South Australian region next year

Date posted: 26 August 2015

The Mayor of the South Australian town of Ceduna says he hopes the trial of a new cashless welfare card will help 'break the cycle' of alcoholism in the small community.

The Federal Government has secured agreement with Ceduna community leaders to test the card.

From February next year, adult welfare recipients in the town will have 80% of their payment quarantined so it cannot be spent on alcohol or gambling.

The restrictions on cash are also designed to prevent government payments being used to buy illegal drugs.

The Government has been negotiating with members of the Ceduna community about the trial, including the town's mayor Allan Suter and Aboriginal leaders.

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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