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senate vote 2022-09-27#11

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  • Bills — Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Repeal of Cashless Debit Card and Other Measures) Bill 2022; in Committee
  • Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Repeal of Cashless Debit Card and Other Measures) Bill 2022 - in Committee - Agree with the bill as amended


  • <p class="speaker">Linda Reynolds</p>
  • <p>We now move to amendments (2) and (4) on sheet 1656.</p>
  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion]( to agree with the bill as amended, which means they can now decide on whether to give it a [third reading]( (meaning to pass the bill).
  • ### What does this bill do?
  • The [bills digest]( provides the following key points that explain what the bill does and why it was introduced:
  • * *There are two schemes for income support recipients that aim to limit spending on harmful goods such as alcohol, illicit drugs, and gambling. One is the cashless debit card (CDC) program and the other is income management.*
  • * *The CDC program currently operates in six areas around Australia — Ceduna (South Australia), Kununurra and Wyndham in the East Kimberly (Western Australia), the Goldfields region (Western Australia), the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay region (Queensland), the Northern Territory, and Cape York (Queensland). In June 2022 it applied to 17,382 people.*
  • * *The Bill will abolish the CDC program in line with the Government’s 2022 election commitment.*
  • * *The abolition will occur in two stages.*
  • * *Certain people who are currently participating in the CDC program may be moved to income management. Others may decide to voluntarily participate in income management.*
  • <p class="speaker">Janet Rice</p>
  • <p>I seek leave to withdraw amendments (2) and (4) on sheet 1656. They are redundant. They were dependent on amendments (1) and (3) getting up to be relevant.</p>
  • <p>Leave granted.</p>
  • <p>The TEMPORARY CHAIR: The question is that the bill, as amended, be agreed to.</p>
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