Card should con­cern all on Cen­tre­link

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - OPINION - Stewart Har­vey from Pialba is this week’s Let­ter of the Week win­ner.

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

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