Shorten’s plan to stop Cashless Card kicks local business in the guts

Senator Peter Georgiou has expressed anger over Bill Shorten’s plan to scrap the Cashless Debit Card trial in WA’s Goldfields.

Right now under the trial, 80 per cent of a cardholder’s welfare payments can’t be used to pay for liquor or gambling.

The trial was rolled out in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Goldfields last year and has been extended until June next year.

Senator Georgiou said he was shocked to see reports that Mr Shorten, if elected Prime Minister, would “roll back” the existing Cashless Debit Card trial in the region.

“I’ve had consistent feedback that this has been an effective tool in combatting anti-social behaviour and helping reduce offences against local businesses” Senator Georgiou said.

“Retailers have been crying out for this type of initiative and Labor just wants to turn its back on them”.

“If Mr Shorten truly lent his ear to the Goldfields community when he visited the region last year, he should have noted that community leaders far and wide have been calling for change and new way to address a series of concerns. One method was through the Debit Card trial” he said.

“It seems the only thing Labor cares about is a few cheap votes ahead of the election”.

Senator Georgiou said One Nation would continue to support the trial of the Cashless Welfare Card in Federal Parliament, and would not support Labor if it won office.