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Belmore Park (near Central Station), Sydney
The cashless debit card soon to be given to chosen Newstart recipents which forces spending of 80% of payments to assigned retail outlets such as Coles and Woolies. It restricts their cash to 20%. Aboriginal people on welfare payment in the NT have had the "Basics Card" forced on them for 10 and now a proposed federal government policy could mean it’s extension across the country to many other welfare recipients in spite of its breach of human riights and glaring failures in all trial areas.

In October of last year the Turnbull Government re-introduced a bill before the Senate titled “Inquiry into Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill.” This widely condemned bill seeks to reform the government's current (and already cruel) welfare system with many punitive provisions and the introduction of a ‘demerit point scheme’.

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