Senator backs Coroner to widen Welfare Card

One Nation Senator Peter Georgiou has applauded the State Coroner for recommending a wider roll out of the Cashless Debit Card across WA’s top end.

The call is one of 42 recommendations which include restrictions on takeaway alcohol; and better screening services for people with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the Kimberley.

The recommendations come in the wake of a coronial inquest into more than a dozen deaths and suicides of young indigenous people in the Kimberley over four years.

Senator Georgiou said the Coroner’s recommendations will force politicians, at State and Federal level to wake up.

“I am glad the Coroner has recommended the Cashless Welfare Card to be adopted across the Kimberley” Senator Georgiou said.

“The Cashless Card and its roll out across many areas of Australia is strongly supported by One Nation. It may not be the silver bullet but if anyone’s got a better idea to help stop the effects of “intergenerational trauma” in our communities then I’m all ears” he added.

“What’s also concerning is that under a Labor Federal Government the Cashless Debit Card would be scrapped. The Greens and left-wing activists have cried foul saying that the Card is an infringement on people’s rights. But here we have a Coroner after hearing all the evidence saying it should be widened”.

“I’m curious to see how the “lefties” will respond to this recommendation but I doubt they’ll change their tune”.

The inquest held hearings in Perth, Broome, Kununurra, Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek to allow affected communities give evidence.