Card should concern all on Centrelink
SO THE CDC will become a reality for a number of Centrelink recipients from as early as November. Is that a good thing? I don’t know and only time will tell. There is one point however that hasn’t been mentioned. The minute the bill was passed, the government moved (and succeeded) to have the limitations changed from not only alcohol, gambling and cash withdrawal but it extend it to the purchase of gift cards or vouchers. Sorry Uncle Fred but you won’t be getting your usual gift card for Christmas and your birthday this year. All other regions that have the CDC are made up of an entirely different demographic so what happens there will almost certainly not be mirrored here.
As Jordan Philp pointed out yesterday in his editorial, the CEO of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder council said crime had been reduced since its inception there. But in that same story he also stated the introduction coincided with a police crackdown on crime. ?
As for the Chronicle poll on its introduction finding the majority were in favour – and spreading that result all over the front page, a poll of less than 600 people out of the electorate of 141,716 people (2016 Census figures) can hardly be called indicative. Strangely a later poll of 7200 people in the electorate by a different company found that 72 per cent were against it.
As a SFR I will not, nor will anyone I know, be affected by this change but all Centrelink recipients should feel concerned.
At its recent annual convention the Young Nationals voted and adopted a policy that would see all Centrelink recipients – including those on age pensions – placed on a CDC. ALAN BETTERIDGE Fraser Coast