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Ceduna's cashless welfare card trial experiences teething problems - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

6.4.16

Ceduna's cashless welfare card trial experiences teething problems - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): The town has been plagued with problems around drug and alcohol abuse.

Restrictions on the sale of takeaway alcohol and various dry zones have helped.

But Mr Suter said more needed to be done.

"The issue is people have had too much access to cash, enabling them to pay ridiculous prices to grog runners, and it's just been too easy for people to gamble and to buy drugs," he said.

"So we see the card as the final key and we're very confident indeed that it will have a dramatic effect and largely eliminate this particular problem."

Mr Suter said when Mr Tudge and Mr Porter visit Ceduna to meet with trial participants and community leaders, they would see a rollout that was going smoothly.


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