PLACE PEOPLE FIRST

PLACE PEOPLE FIRST

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We request the Senate immediately seek to create a non partisan national Cashless Debit Card oversight committee, one empowered to receive and document for the official Senate and public record, all Cashless Debit Card related complaints by all and any  Cashless Debit Card program participant forced or voluntary,  in any trial location.

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The Cashless Debit Card (CDC) policy is a program of forced third party income micromanagement being rolled out by the LNP government in four current trial locations across Australia. It is currently imposed upon 10,000 people and their families.

Among many other restrictions and controls, the CDC policy requires compulsory participants to sign away their legislated Protection of Payment rights and enter into a legally binding contract with a private corporation (Indue Ltd) in order to receive their lawful government entitlements. Compulsory CDC participants are forced to activate cards under often life threatening duress.

We have created this petition to address the urgent need for non partisan oversight and increased political accountability for the lives, safety and welfare of compulsory Cashless Debit Card trial participants.

Since the CDC policy's first introduction and implementation in Ceduna in 2016,  there has been no complaint service or structure put into place for compulsory trial participants to report impacts and officially document what they are experiencing. No formal body has been empowered with the authority to act on their behalf.

All current community and departmental bodies invested in this program at this time including social services groups and evaluation bodies, are politically allied or financially beholden to the current sitting LNP government and its demands. This includes most preferentially appointed and paid members of "Community Panels" and  "community reference groups". These appointed bodies do not represent the voices of compulsory trial participants themselves, or their families.

The experiences of compulsory participants forced to live under the CDC policy have been reported to the Senate during several inquiries, however this testimony has been routinely ignored, belittled and then dismissed. The complaints made to the Senate, Indue Ltd and Department by trial participants themselves have been ridiculed by a number of LNP minsters in media and from the floor of Parliament. Their struggle and voices as a result, have gone largely unheard by the Australian people for the sake of political expediency and lack of 'profile'.

The recorded and self reported impacts of this policy on the lives of forced trial participants are numerous, grave and life altering, they include suicide, attempted suicide, self injury, financial distress, homelessness, housing and food insecurity, missing money, defaults and systems failures and the cumulative impact of social, legal and financial segregation. These complaints must be heard. Government must be compelled to address them in a meaningful manner.

There has been little to no political or corporate accountability over three years for CDC policy impacts and the welfare of forced trial participants themselves. In the absence of the capacity or desire of the Federal government to address these impacts and place the lives and well being of compulsory CDC trial participants as their number one priority under the Social Security (Admin) Act and within Cashless Debit Card evaluation frameworks,  we have created this petition to demand the Minister for Social Services does in fact,  PLACE PEOPLE FIRST.

We request the Senate immediately seek to create a non partisan national CDC oversight committee, one empowered to receive and document for the official Senate and public record, all Cashless Debit Card related complaints by all and any  Cashless Debit Card program participant forced or voluntary,  in any trial location.

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