Government statements about the cashless welfare card

Scott Morrison's government has indicated multiple times that they intend on expanding the Cashless Welfare Card to include all pensioners. Read below to see just how many times they've flagged their plan.

In legislation

Included in Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020.

Comments by Minister for Social Services Anne Ruston

"We're seeking to put all income management on to the universal platform, which is the Cashless Debit Card." – Anne Ruston on 7News, 1 February 2020

Anne Ruston refuses to rule out changing rules of card in a ministerial response to the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association, 24 March 2020.

Anne Ruston says she wants the cashless debit card to become a "more universal platform" as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 February 2020.

Anne Ruston's comments regarding the Cashless Debit Card and "other programs" on The Steve Price Show, 29 August 2019.

Anne Ruston refuses to rule out national roll-out on RN Drive with Patricia Karvelas, 2 September 2019.

Comments by Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt

Keith Pitt raises potential of a national rollout on The Kenny Report, Sky News, 28 November 2019.

Comments by LNP Senator Matthew Canavan

Matthew Canavan supports national roll out on Sky News with Peter Stefanovic, 8 December 2020.

Comments by Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher

Paul Fletcher commits government support for the cashless debit card on Sky News, 25 March 2019.

Comments by Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge

Alan Tudge avoids ruling out cashless pension card on Statewide Mornings with Leon Compton, ABC Northern Tasmania, 23 March 2015.

Comments by Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison says that the cashless debit card is "commending itself for wider application" as reported by SBS on 12 September 2019.

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  1. Apologise to Australian pensioners for the cashless pension control card plan.
  2. Repeal all legislation that enables the cashless card and scrap the scheme.
  3. Cancel the contract with Indue, the private company that runs and profits from the cashless card scheme.
  4. Stop the further privatisation of Centrelink.