Pauline Hanson says welfare recipients have ‘lost their right’ to decide how to use their money – and supports scheme limiting spending to essentials
- Pauline Hanson says welfare recipients have ‘a responsibility to taxpayers’
- She made the comments during a debate in federal parliament on Wednesday
- Senators were debating whether to make the cashless welfare card permanent
- The card quarantines about 80 per cent of a recipients money onto a debit card
Pauline Hanson claims welfare recipients don’t have the rights to determine what they spend their money on, and instead have a ‘responsibility to taxpayers’ not to waste it.
The One Nation leader made the comments during a debate in the Senate on the Federal Government’s cashless welfare card bill.
The cashless debit card is being trialled across regional Australia including Ceduna in South Australia, Goldfields in Western Australia, and Hervey Bay in Queensland, until December 31.
Under the scheme, about 80 per cent of a recipient’s payments are deposited onto a debit card which can only be used to pay for necessities like groceries and rent, and cannot be used to buy alcohol, drugs, or gambling.
Pauline Hanson (pictured) says welfare recipients have a ‘responsibility to taxpayers’
Senators were debating whether to make the controversial program permanent after the trial deadline.
Senator Hanson told parliament the debate is ‘not about talking about a person’s rights’, because welfare recipients ‘have lost them’.
‘What the government’s cash card is about ensuring this money is spent on food, clothing, essentials that they need; that their rent is paid,’ she said.
‘When you go on this card you basically lose your rights. When you go on the welfare system you’ve lost your rights.’
She said a reliance on government welfare was a growing problem.
Ms Hanson told parliament the debate is ‘not about talking about a person’s rights’, because welfare recipients ‘have lost them’ (pictured: people queue outside the Centrelink office in Southport on the Gold Coast in March)
‘That’s a big problem. We have got third and fourth generation that have got welfare because it becomes a way of life,’ she said.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party supports continuing the debit card scheme across Australia.
Cross-bench senator Rex Patrick was thought to have the crucial vote on the matter in parliament.
But in appears the Centre Alliance may have backflipped on their vote.
Reports on social media from Greens MP Rachel Siewert suggest the party will be voting to extend the trial after the government made an amendment to the bill.
South Australian Senators Stirling Griff and Rebekha Sharkie’s vote could result in the trial being rolled out for another two years.
The cashless debit card (pictured) was being trialled across regional Australia including Ceduna in SA, Goldfield in WA and Hervey Bay in Queensland until December 31