Posted on: Fri 25 Aug 2017
“People do refer to the card as the ‘white card’….this kind of idea that white people have given this card to predominately Indigenous people…there is a genuine upset of being singled out for this card…”
After the Federal Government rolled out plans to expand the trail of cashless welfare cards to more regions in rural areas in Australia, many have questioned the intentions of this contentious act. Whilst some have called the welfare card a strong turning point in tackling issues like drug and alcohol abuse in rural areas, others have found the act extremely victimising for people living in small communities.
Dr. Elise Klein from the University of Melbourne joined Jennie Lenman and Ian Newton to discuss the issue and how she perceives it to be stereotyping small town communities and placing an unwanted label on them as people who need welfare, despite their efforts in seeking employment and suitable living.
Produced by Riley Galloway