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senate vote 2020-12-09#20

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on 2020-12-18 10:12:36


  • Bills — Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020; Second Reading
  • Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020 - Second Reading - Agree with the bill's main idea


  • <p class="speaker">Scott Ryan</p>
  • <p>The question is now that the bill be read a second time.</p>
  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion]( to agree with the main idea of the bill, which means that they can now discuss it in more detail. In parliamentary jargon, the majority voted to read the bill [for a second time](
  • ### What is the bill's main idea?
  • The [bill was introduced]( "*to establish the [Cashless Debit Card]( (CDC) as an ongoing program rather than a time-limited trial*". The CDC program is controversial for many reasons, not least the [limited evidence]( that it is benefiting the communities where it is currently in operation.
  • Read more about the program and what the bill does in the [bills digest](