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    Default Centrelinks Basics Card What do you think?

    Centrelinks Basics Card - What do you all think?

    I hadn't heard of this income management strategy that Centrelink has started introducing around Australia. Apparently it's been in use for at least a year now in some country towns in each state.

    From what I gather it's use it to manage the persons money in a way so they can try and reduce alcohol/gambling/tobacco/porn consumption etc. It is to replace your current bank card & your payments go into the new Basics Card. They have a list of services & retail/customer service stores which accept this card.

    I am on the fence about this scheme they're approaching as I don't know enough about it to make a decisions weather its best for centrelink customers or not. One side of me thinks it's good that they're trying to help families with substance abuse. But on the other hand isn't it a bit insulting to majority of people who are on centrelink benefits who are doing the ""right thing" & budgeting for the necessities already? I have to also question weather you are able to withdraw cash from the card to buy goods/food that's only obtainable with cash? for eg fruit & veg markets? A lot of businesses still don't have EFTPOS available at their store.

    I couldn't find a good current link apart from an ACA or TT website so this was the best one to gain an understanding of it.

    http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/centrelink/income-management/basicscard

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    Wow I haven't heard of this! I think I agree with you, it's probably good for some people but probably not so much for others who do do the right thing..

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    I think it is a bad idea especially if you have special dietary needs. You can't shop anywhere. Local markets/butchers and buy straight from the farm etc won't be in system IYKIM.

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    I think they should pay big bills first ie rent and electricity and a small amount to woollies etc then the rest is theirs .

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    I can see how it's good for ppl with drinking problems etc...but how would they know unless they looked at your bank account?? Unless everyone was put on it automatically which would be completely unfair.

    You can't use it for cash out either.

    You can use other stores but you have to ring them to organize payment! !! Yeah wait on the phone for 45 mins!!! And do all your purchases before 8pm!!

    Just another way of controlling us... even to the point of telling us how to do spend our money! ! Plus someone who wants alcohol can get someone else to get it for them! !

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    It's totally unfair as a blanket measure as many people are doing the right thing and it is penalising them. It is insulting to those people who are being responsible and taking away their options to be able to truly shop wisely. Also good point by PP's about being bad for small business and people with special dietary requirements.

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    I'd be peeved if it was forced on everyone. I do a lot of my grocery shopping at small local green grocer and butcher because its much cheaper than woolies. I don't smoke and don't drink and have managed my own finances since I moved out of home at 18 so why should someone else manage my money?
    Does it take into consideration a need for things such as baby/children's clothes? Or needing cash for places without eftpos. Its potentially a very flawed system.

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    if ppl want to drink, smoke, gamble and take drugs...they will always find a way. It's an addiction and taking control of an addicts money is only going to make them find other ways to get what they want.

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    I think it's a great idea. As someone who constantly sees children go without the basics (food and clothing) it may just help those parents take better care if their children. The amount of times I've seen and heard parents gloat about their new tattoo but their child has no lunch in their lunch boxes or decent shoes on their feet. It's good for the kids...hopefully they will get what they need.

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    I think they are so wrong. The only real winners from the system are major companies like wesfarmers and woolies because spending the money is essentially limited to coles and woolies.



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