Tubby Isaacs wrote:
People in the Cabinet there talk the same shit that our backbenchers do.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/j ... MP=soc_568
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Andrews endorsed moving young unemployed people onto income management schemes, giving them welfare in the form of debit cards that could only be used in certain places.
“We would say, you can have a debit card that precludes certain expenditure. It could, for example, preclude expenditure on alcohol. You get a card, go to the bottle shop and they say ‘sorry, transaction declined’,” he said on Network Ten’s Bolt Report on Sunday morning.
You know what? My mate on the dole gets my shopping on his card. I buy his beer.
Make a card that can block alcohol purchases, and it would be perfectly possible to block other purchases.
What would start as a way of furthering the demonizing of benefit claimants could easily backfire on those who see it as a great idea...your bank requires your date of birth when setting up an account...and in most cases your gender.
How long before the government in Australia or any land that takes up the scheme realises that it can be used to prevent people buying certain books they dislike, or from donating to charities or support groups that they do not agree with? It's tinfoil hat stuff sure, but the technology is there - it's just waiting to be used.