Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020
The submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee regarding its inquiry into the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020 was prepared by the Law Council of Australia.
To inform its response, the Law Council draws on its earlier submission to the Committee regarding the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017, as well as more recent information, and constituent bodies and expert committee views.
The Law Council does not support the Bill in its current form. It is concerned that a number of features of the cashless debit card (CDC), including as amended by the Bill, undermine human dignity, a concept which is at the heart of human rights. It also also limits enjoyment of participants’ human rights, including the:
- rights of equality and non-discrimination;
- right to self-determination;
- right to social security (and to an adequate standard of living); and
- prohibition on interference with privacy.
You can read the full submission below.