Fund more rehab services before introducing the card
numbers don’t lie - a clear majority of Hinkler residents want to see the proposed cashless debit card for certain welfare recipients introduced in their electorate.
Hinkler MP Keith Pitt has often touted 75 per cent of the region supported the controversial initiative which will target people aged 35 and under on unemployment benefits and those on parenting payments.
Our poll of 637 people indicated the support wasn’t as strong as the Federal politician initially indicated, but still was in favour by a majority.
About 6700 welfare recipTHE ients across the region would be eligible for the compulsory card which would prevent 80 per cent of their payments from being spent on alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or gambling.
Mr Pitt has previously stated the card would help address key social problems including high youth unemployment and the high use of alcohol, drugs and gambling by young parents.
A measly $1 million was committed by Mr Pitt towards our region’s already overrun and struggling mental health, drug and alcohol services to coincide with the proposed introduction of the card. Before I can personally back the card like the majority of our region, I would need to see the LNP government address the underlying problems of addiction with significant funding.
You can’t freeze the spending on drugs, alcohol and cigarettes without offering real solutions to eliminate the problems that led to people turning to those substances.
We need to see Mr Pitt pledge many more millions into drug and alcohol rehabilitation services long before introducing the card.