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FOR – Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Repeal of Cashless Debit Card and Other Measures) Bill 2022 - Consideration of Senate Message - Agree and pass the bill

The majority voted in favour of the motion: "That the amendments be agreed to." This means that the majority voted to agree with the amendments passed by the Senate.

Because both house of Parliament have now agreed with the bill in its amended form, it will now become law.

What does this bill do?

The bills digest provides the following key points that explain what the bill does and why it was introduced:

  • There are two schemes for income support recipients that aim to limit spending on harmful goods such as alcohol, illicit drugs, and gambling. One is the cashless debit card (CDC) program and the other is income management.
  • The CDC program currently operates in six areas around Australia — Ceduna (South Australia), Kununurra and Wyndham in the East Kimberly (Western Australia), the Goldfields region (Western Australia), the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay region (Queensland), the Northern Territory, and Cape York (Queensland). In June 2022 it applied to 17,382 people.
  • The Bill will abolish the CDC program in line with the Government’s 2022 election commitment.
  • The abolition will occur in two stages.
  • Certain people who are currently participating in the CDC program may be moved to income management. Others may decide to voluntarily participate in income management.


Date and time: 10:38 AM on 2022-09-28
Allegra Spender's vote: Aye
Total number of "aye" votes: 87
Total number of "no" votes: 50
Total number of abstentions: 14
Related bill: Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Repeal of Cashless Debit Card and Other Measures) Bill 2022

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