Federal National MPs are pushing to further expand welfare quarantining to get people into work, saying tax payer’s money shouldn’t be spent on illegal substances.
The Healthy Welfare Card restricts 80 per cent of a welfare recipient’s income which cannot be spent on alcohol, drugs or gambling products.
It’s currently being trialled in South Australia’s Ceduna and Kununurra and Kalgoorlie in West Australia.
Although the scheme remains in a trial phase, Federal Member for Parkes, Michael Coulton told media that it’s not unreasonable to issue guidelines on how welfare recipients spend their money.
Greens Senator Rachel Siewert disagrees, she told NIRS that Income management can have negative impacts.