Cashless Welfare Card Headed For Bundaberg
(Image: Courtesy of ABC - Human Services Minister Alan Tudge)
The federal government will roll out its cashless welfare cards to the Queensland cities of Bundaberg and Hervey Bay, it has been reported.
The rollout of the cards, aimed at stopping welfare-dependent addicts from spending on drugs, alcohol, and gambling, to the Wide Bay region, north of Brisbane, is expected to be announced on Thursday by Human Services Minister Alan Tudge, The Courier-Mail reports.
Bundaberg has been revealed as the welfare capital of Australia, with 4465 people taking unemployment benefits, despite the relatively high number of entry-level jobs on offer.
Wide Bay is the fourth location targeted for rollout, after WA's Goldfields and East Kimberley regions, and Ceduna in South Australia.