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The cashless debit card significantly restricts people’s freedoms without a sufficient evidence base to show that it works or is justified.

ACOSS believes the cashless debit card should be voluntary, providing it has community support, with transition arrangements in place for individuals and communities wishing to remain under the card. Opt-in schemes should be co-designed with communities and include wrap-around and coordinated supports such as drug and alcohol, mental health, financial counselling and social support services.

ACOSS recommends the Turnbull Government abandon legislation to expand the compulsory program.

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