The End of the mandatory Welfare Card?

Labor is promising to abolish the mandatory cashless welfare card if it wins the next federal election.

The Coalition introduced the card in 2016 to several select areas in Australia to see whether it could address the issue of people spending their benefits on non-essential services.

The card contains 80 per cent of a welfare recipient's money and you can't use it for gambling or to buy alcohol.

But the Opposition has drawn a line in the sand and will ban it if they rake in the majority of voters.

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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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