Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019 [Provisions]

November 2019

© Commonwealth of Australia 2019
ISBN: 978-1-76093-011-0

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Committee Members


List of Recommendations

Chapter 1—Introduction

  Purpose of the bill
  Key provisions of the bill
  Financial implications
  Legislative scrutiny
  Conduct of inquiry
  Notes on references

Chapter 2—Key issues

  Community engagement
  Community support
  Key concerns raised by submitters
  Committee view

Dissenting Report by Labor Senators

  Overview from Labor Senators
  Flaws in the CDC
  Lack of consultation with Northern Territory communities
  Powers of the Minister
  Lack of evidence to support broad-based compulsory income management benefits
  Concluding view

Dissenting Report by the Australian Greens

  Lack of evidence to support compulsory income management in the Northern Territory
  Hardship under the Cashless Debit Card
  Perverse outcomes of compulsory income management
  Government's approach flawed and contradictory
  Inadequate consultation with First Nations communities
  Previous supporters are now calling for income management to be voluntary
  Broader application than existing income management provisions in the Northern Territory
  Ministerial discretion to change the amount of income quarantined
  Decisions are not reviewable by the Secretary or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
  Changes to evaluation provisions
  Broadening of information sharing powers
  No support from the Northern Territory Government

Appendix 1—Submissions and additional information

Appendix 2—Public hearings

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