Bundaberg mayor turns against high cost of cashless welfare trial

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Jack Dempsey says his Queensland community opposes $10,000-per-person cost of trial and says money is better spent elsewhere

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The mayor of Bundaberg, former LNP stalwart and Queensland state minister Jack Dempsey, says his community has turned against a cashless welfare trial after learning the cost.

The Wide Bay-Burnett region of Queensland is among Australia’s most disadvantaged. Dempsey said across the Bundaberg and Fraser Coast council areas, 22% of ratepayers were on some form of pension or welfare.

In February, the Senate blocked the government’s attempts to expand a cashless debit card program for welfare recipients to the Hinkler federal electorate, which stretches from roughly Hervey Bay to Bundaberg.

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