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Aboriginal leader says cashless card trial showing positive results

Date posted: 15 July 2016

A prominent Aboriginal leader in the East Kimberley, Western Australia (WA), says there is already evidence the Cashless Debit Card Trial is showing promising results just two months after it was launched.

Ian Trust, the founder and chairman of Wunan Foundation and WA's Indigenous Citizen of the Year 2013, said although it was early days, several people at Wunan had told him they had seen more people shopping for fresh food and fewer affected by alcohol use. 

Mr Trust said this was an Indigenous-led reform, aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty and alcohol misuse in the region. He acknowledged that some people would find the change difficult and there were some negative responses from people who had been placed on the card. However, Mr Trust said the reform was bigger than just a few people and was a far-reaching program designed to support people to move out of crisis and into stability. 

Source: The West Australian - regional


Last updated: 11 July 2016
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