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The Australian Government plans to introduce an income management card – called the Basics Card – to a number of low-income areas. The intervention in the Northern Territory in 2007  included income management  imposed on Aboriginal communities. Income management quarantines a proportion of welfare recipients’ benefits, through a card, which can only be spent on essentials.

This cartoon illustrates some of the concerns about the scheme, as presented in an article on the Pro Bono website news page. To read the article click here.

One Comment

  1. In theory,it sounds good and should be in place for centrelink customers with dependents- be they human, feline or canine. However, for single people without dependents- if they are stupid enough to waste their money on crap like booze,fags or porn and then have none left for food or bills,then serve them right.

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