Friday, June 22, 2018

Australia cashless sooner than you think?

A 'thorn' in the administration of the general population in Australia is something called cash.

In order to give this tool that allows privacy the flick, the administration of Australia is in full swing under whatever excuse to do so.

Privacy (of the general population) is not what the Australian Government is about, after all why would you if you're in a penal colony.
The first stage is welfare, as they are the first people that are literally 'owned' by the government.

Here is one implementation of going cashless, as reported on 21 Jun 2018 by of the headline:

Welfare law changes head to Senate

The federal government is a step closer to slapping an income test on carer allowances and expanding the trial of its controversial cashless welfare card.

The two key items on the government's social services agenda passed the House of Representatives on Thursday, and now await their fate in the Senate.

The government wants to apply a family income test of $250,000-per-year to Carer Allowance and the Carer Allowance (child) Health Care Card.

"Welfare is of course a major area of taxpayer funded expenditure," Attorney-General Christian Porter told parliament on Thursday.

"The government therefore is aware of the needs to balance welfare spending with the provision of support services."

Savings from the test will fund reforms in carer services, with carers able to access new tailored and targeted services from September 20.

For the cashless debit card trial, the government wants to extend it to Bundaberg and Hervey Bay until June 30, 2020.

"The expansion to Bundaberg and Hervey Bay will help to test the card and the technology that supports it in more diverse communities and settings," Mr Porter said.

The changes would also see systems automatically identify when the cashless debit card is being used to purchase restricted products, and decline the transaction.

It expands restricted products to include "cash-like" items that could be used to gamble or obtain alcohol.

Labor is decrying the proposal for what it describes as insufficient consultation.

"While we know that most people have the ability to self-manage their incomes, we also understand that some people do need a hand," said Labor MP Emma Husar.

"Extending the roll-out of the cashless debit card without appropriate consultation and research is not an effective way of giving people a hand."

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