Cashless Debit Card still on a dangerous path in Australia

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has revealed two instances of outages that affected those placed on a welfare quarantining system by the Australian government.

Referred to as "participants", those on the Cashless Debit Card (CDC) labelled as "racist" by senators previously, had access to their funds interrupted on two occasions in December.

For just under two hours on 22 December 2020, an outage saw 10 individuals not have their correct account balance displayed; and on 31 December 2020, a two-hour outage saw funds being dispersed into accounts while account balances were not updated, affecting 20 customers.

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The cashless society from an ethical point of view

The debate about the move towards a cashless society has been at the center of the scene for several years, now. Various angles have been taken by economists, politicians, banking institutions and sociologists. Beyond the technicalities of the debate, lies the question of freedom, of inter-citizen solidarity and of governmental responsibility. The debate cannot remain in the hands of financial specialists, it is first and foremost an ethical, political and societal issue.

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