CASHLESS DEBIT CARD TRIAL
250. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Leader of the House representing the
Minister for Community Services:
If it is demonstrated to the satisfaction
of the government that the Indue card contributes to reducing alcoholism, drug
abuse, poverty, misery, ill-health, violence and crime, what plans does the
government have to cooperate with the commonwealth for the extension of the
card to remote and regional areas in Western Australia?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
The cashless debit card, or Indue
card, is a matter for the federal government. The McGowan government is of the
view that any trial or further rollout of the card should have community
support and endorsement. Secondly, any such rollout of the card needs to be
fully and properly evaluated using appropriate and peer-reviewed research to
determine its effectiveness.