Government has an ideological obsession with punishing people on income support
[by Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie]
The Greens have called the Government's plan to rollout the nationally an ideological obsession with punishing people on income support.
"There is absolutely no evidence to show that income management works and its just plain cruel to go ahead with a damaging and expensive scheme like this when we have people living in poverty on Newstart", Senator Rachel Siewert said.
"The ANAO found that there was no evidence that there had been a reduction in social harm in the so-called trial sites.
"The ORIMA evaluation and the evaluation by the University of Adelaide have been called into question by numerous academics because no baseline data was collected and they relied heavily on hand picked anecdotal reports, flawed methodology and a push polling type approach.
"The final evaluation of income management as part of the NT Intervention found that it met none of its objectives.
“This approach is discriminatory, demonising and makes peoples’ lives harder.
"The community will not accept a nation wide rollout and the big four banks, Coles and Woolworths should be very wary of becoming involved in this disaster of a scheme.
"We need social policy based on outcomes – not perceptions. Peoples’ lives are too important to subject them to this ideological social experiment
"People on income support are some of the best money managers, because every single dollar counts when you are on a low income.
"This is about punishing people on income support, it's not about reducing disadvantage or tackling issues of addiction. If the Government was serious about that they would be funding programs that are actually proven to work, like early intervention programs, addiction and mental health services.
“Rather than wasting money and time on this card the Government should be increasing Newstart.”
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[Lorena Allam, The Guardian]
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[Brad Walter, NRL]
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[by Hannah Pemberton]
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[Erin Parke, ABC]
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Setting young women up for a career in STEM
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