Federal Labor has reneged on its pre-election promise to end compulsory income management by introducing the new Indue SmartCard. Isaac Nellist reports.
The privately-run Indue Cashless Card has been scrapped, although some communities in the NT will still be forced to use a cashless debit card. Alex Salmon reports.
Labor’s move to scrap the Cashless Debit Card is welcomed, but it must also abandon the paternalistic Basics Card, which largely affects those living in the NT. Alex Salmon reports.
Labor has said it will work with local communities “on better local solutions” to the cashless debit card, leaving it a little ambiguous. Alex Bainbridge argues that all income management needs to stop.
What will happen to the pernicious cashless debit card scheme after the election? Labor has promised to make the scheme voluntary and the Coalition claims not to have a plan to expand it. But can either be trusted? Alex Bainbridge and Vivien Miley report.
The following is a statement issued by participants of the StandUp2017 conference that concluded with a rally in Mbantua (Alice Springs) on June 26.
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Rosalie Kunoth Monks: “You better believe it, when the Intervention first hit in 2007 community councils were decimated.”
Matthew Ryan: “Trying to get the government to listen to us, is like a brick wall.”