Income quarantine can cause more welfare dependency: expert

THE success of a new card to quarantine up to 80% of a welfare recipient's payments will depend on whether people actually want to change.

That was the advice Rob Bray, an income management expert at the Australian National University, gave a Senate committee considering new laws to create the card.

The card was originally used in the Northern Territory Intervention and is being considered for a potential national roll-out to all Australians on welfare.

Mr Bray told the committee he worked on a review of the NT card, finding mixed results.

But he said for many people, it actually created more welfare dependency than financial independence. He said those who benefited most were already willing to change their life.

Topics:  welfare

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Ipswich man in court over 'childish' egging comments

Using cracked or dirty eggs can lead to salmonellosis food poisoning.

He was accused of egging a house on social media

OP1 graduate ecstatic with score

Clarissa Adamovics received an OP1 after graduating from Redbank Plains State High School in 2017.

Clarissa Adamovics happy to study nursing at UQ.

Regional residents join refugee fight

Hundreds of people from Tweed, Lismore, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Ipswich will travel to Brisbane for a refugee and asylum seeker forum hosted by the ASRC, Amnesty International, Oxfam Australia and Mums 4 Refugees.

'People are really troubled by the harsh way that we treat refugees'

Local Partners