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Progress report shows positive evidence for welfare card

Date posted: 17 November 2016

The first official progress report since the introduction of the Federal Government's cashless debit card trials has indicated the scheme is having a positive effect in many key areas.

The Cashless Debit Card Trial progress report noted reductions in the incidence of domestic violence, call-outs by Kununurra St John Ambulance and admissions to the Wyndham Sobering-Up Unit, both in Western Australia (WA). It also noted anecdotal evidence that there were fewer drunken people on the streets, more purchases of food and essentials and an increase in school attendance.

Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said it was still early days but the results were so far very promising.

Source: The West Australian - regional


Last updated: 17 November 2016
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