Government criticised for 'rushing' cashless welfare card

THE Federal Government has been accused of rushing through new laws that pave the way for a trial of welfare quarantining.

The plan will allow up to 80 per cent of a person's payment placed on a bank card that cannot be spent on alcohol or gaming.

The bill passed the Senate last night, with the first trial to start next year in the South Australian town of Ceduna.

But Greens community services spokeswoman Rachel Siewert said there were several unanswered questions about the Healthy Welfare Card.

"I don't think it should have been rushed through the Senate at this stage when they don't have the answers to these questions around the practicalities of how this card will operate," she said.

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