“The cashless welfare card is unfair, a form of control and reminds Aboriginal people every day that they are treated as second- and third-class citizens in their own land,”
One of the key issues in many of the areas where the card operates, such as in remote areas of South Australia, is the difficulty of accessing fresh produce at reasonable prices.
Where is the evidence that this card increases this access and enables Aboriginal people to get the healthy food they need?
A person’s dignity can also be lost when having to use such a card which can also have detrimental impacts on both their mental and physical health and wellbeing.”
Pat Turner, the chief executive of NACCHO national peak body on Aboriginal health
The welfare card was “unfair” and “a form of control”, Turner said in response to a Guardian Australia report from the…
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