History Repeating At Pace

After yet again being informed  by an LNP pundit that “Australia is going cashless anyway” – a poor attempt to avoid debate on the reality of the CDC’s current impact on Social Security recipients and a clear indication of where this government thinks it is proceeding without mandate, we offer our view of  the recent news that transactions in cash over 10K are to be banned by July 2019.

As this recent article via Gizmodo notes, the decision to limit cash transacting, will affect small businesses considerably,  with associated knock on effects to the entire community at large, which beggers belief they were not included in the LNP’s announcement. Yet this explains to us at least, why the LNP have had no concerns whatever for the impacts of the Cashless Debit Card [CDC] on small businesses either.

Again we see in the government arguments for this decision, the classic and faux assumptions and presumptions that are modus operandi to the LNP media team in action, when they use the pretext of ‘containing criminal behaviour‘ as the sole media focus, and ignore any other repurcussions of this decison in the wider community entirely.

In that alone, they are DOING IT AGAIN. They are using the same playbook tactic of ‘ look here/ignore there’ media manipulation they used on Social Security recipients in the public CDC debate; the same use of blanket generalisations and doing exactly what they did to gain public acceptance of the CDC – manufacturing consent – and no one or few it seems are even looking.

This decision,  like the decisions made to initiate and roll out the CDC, as we noted a year ago, are  not just an attack on Social Security and recipients of benefits, nor just about our personal rights already lost. We see in this encroachment by government the start of a direct attack on small business and low to middle income Australia itself and the fundemental rights of ALL Australians to be treated and considered equally under law.

In essence, these decisions to limit the economic and social freedoms of Australian taxpaying citizens are an ideologically driven right wing assault on us all, one we believe is being driven by the same corporate interests and groups with the same intentions and ideology that funded both sides and profited most from WW2. Indeed several current sponsors of the IPA, the LNP party funding base, are members of these same transational organisations and associations today!

Far from hyperbole, our assertion here is one based on reasoned and documented fact combined with an educated and profound insight into history and political patterns and behavior over the last century. We are not the only group to make this realisation that we *are* on the cusp of seriously transformative events, and given the mandate of the CDC, we are already losing our once legal freedoms. People do need to remain aware of that, it is not some dystopian future-scape – these restrictions and reductions are  happening right NOW.

We who are on or are facing CDC, know already that we are just the test bed for this modernised version of corporate Fascism, we are just the testing ground, and only the first to face the consequences YOU will all no doubt be facing soon enough should the LNP return to power and programs like the CDC continue to mission creep incrementally and expand their reference terms to include more and more people.

What they can do to us, what they have already done to us in a heartbeat of political pretext, trickery, lies and population opinon engineering through media, they can do to YOU  or any group at ANY time with a similar stroke of the legislative pen.

You are NOT immune.

It is of course, all ‘very legal’ and  on surface glance the pretexts being used seem so very sound. However legal does NOT mean it is good or that it is right, and we are reminded that under German law in 1933, the segregation and ghettoisation of the Jewish community and the Holocaust was ‘very legal’ too, and in the mechanisms of the CDC roll out and process, we do see stark echo’s of that past at work in this goverments eager willingess to dehumanise, segregate and demonise Social Security recipients today.

We social security recipients have already lost our equality and freedom under law and with ONE stroke of a pen…..just one. Stolen in a blink, to the thunderous applause of our enemies, and the silence of our friends. If our rights and freedoms as taxpaying citizens weren’t worth the effort of fighting for, are yours?

You had better decide fast too, as this government growsn increasingly desperate leading up to the next elections and there is no garuntee of security in that process. Also true, is that we who are already bearing the costs of your silence and inaction are fast running out of capacity, will, energy and position to defend you from your  media massaged and maintained ignorance.

We are not seeking to attack you. We do and compassionately comprehend the scale and the forces at play in our society right now. We know however, that the German people didn’t ‘see’ what was happening in their nation either as they like most Australians now, they were “in it” and so too close to see the wider view. Those that did come to see, later admitted to ‘singing more loudly’ in their churches as the screams from camps invaded their towns. Their entire nation and millions of lost lives still stand as testimony of the cost of that willful ignorance, inaction, shortsightedness and the price of apeaseing a rogue government.

What will you do? What line will need to be crossed for you to act?

We can only counsel that whatever you chose to do, do act soon and while you still can and have the freedom and rights in law to do so.
The LNP did not insert those fences at Parliament house for no reason. They know. They like us see all too well that the #stormscoming .

Time to stand up.

– SNS

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THE MESSY ROOM LIST

➡️ THE GROWING LIST OF COMMUNITIES SAYING NO

Hinkler Electorate Rollout of Cashless Cards Canned : https://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/…/labor-g…/3334083/…

Moree rejects cashless welfare cards [again!] in landslide Council vote: https://www.welcometocountry.org/moree-council-rejects-cas…/

Pilbara’s Indigenous leaders say no to cashless welfare card at annual Yule River meeting: http://www.abc.net.au/…/aboriginal-communities-acro…/8974388

Port Hedland Council says no to cashless welfare card: https://thewest.com.au/…/council-to-reveal-stance-on-cashle…

Geraldton Indigenous elders reject ‘unfair social experiment’:
: http://www.abc.net.au/…/geraldton-indigenous-elders…/7383366

And the people that support them : https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/photos/a.275354549526033.1073741829.275344262860395/473921929669293/?type=3&theater

What to do when Indue comes for your town.

 

 

👁Why was CDC approved for Goldfields, and not for Bundaberg? One view : https://saynoseven.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/why-was-cdc-approved-for-goldfields-and-not-for-bundaberg-one-persons-view/

WHAT DO WE WANT? : https://saynoseven.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/what-do-we-want/

CLAIMS OF IDEOLOGICAL OPPOSITION ONLY HALF THE PICTURE https://saynoseven.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/claims-of-ideological-opposition-only-show-half-the-picture/

 

👁Cashless Welfare Card ‘users’ denied acess to food water and electricity -Tiwi Islands.:
https://www.welcometocountry.org/cashless-welfare-card-den…/

 

⚠️OUR STUFF: On Topic Off Topic..Senate Week Write Ups

👁Post Senate Week Redux : https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/posts/476682586059894

👁THE OTHER HALF OF THE STORY
Amendments to The Australian: 11:22AM February 13, 2018

👁”Oh no you didnt!” Having Dan Tehan For Breakfast.

👁”….and don’t call me Shirley!”
A response to the member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis CDC HoR speech

👁” The Myth of the ” Good Community Leader”

👁Cory Bernadi shamed himself – again.

👁Not So Cheap at Thrice the Cost : The issue of ” Tax Payer Dollars” : https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/posts/477146689346817

 

👁A New Definition: The porkbarrel consent manufacturing scam.
https://saynoseven.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/document-full-tabled-argument-cdc-senate-enquiry-november-2nd-2017-canberra-the-rest-of-us/

👁Legislation matters and Legislation matters….. : https://saynoseven.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/250/

👁” The Rest Of Us”:
https://saynoseven.wordpress.com/…/document-full-tabled-ar…/

👁Abuse is not Love.

👁Claiming small victories, and the LNP’s amendments to the 2017 CDC BILL https://saynoseven.wordpress.com/…/claiming-a-victory-and-…/

👁If you are forced onto the Cashless Welfare Card:

👁Point of Clarification: Issue of having to channel funds to Indue for basic banking services if you are a casual worker- Direct Debit. https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/posts/473896686338484

👁Mayor Alan Suter – Ceduna hits record new lows.

👁” Pass me a mop” – Luke Howarth trolls the Say No Seven.

👁Luke Howarth needs a new media advisor.

👁Luke Howarth pulls his posts and runs – and then blocks everyone:

👁Hinkler Stands A rebuttle to Keith Pitt HINKLER electorate :

👁Hinkler Region ” Community Consultation” lie unravels even further.

👁Where we began……one from the vault.
STEREOTYPES AND CEDUNA

👁A cautionary tale. Profit Before People.
NXT’s betrayal of centrelink recipients at Senate CDC week 2017.

 

👁SNS DOCUMENT : The SAY NO SEVEN Community SUBMISSION to the Senate Community Affairs: Legislation Committee Inquiry: “Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017” https://drive.google.com/…/0B61_7mZcal_ccFJDT2swZUNmbkk/view

 

 

👁TWITTER: @NOTOWELFARECARD : https://twitter.com/notowelfarecard?lang=en

👁SNS repsonse to Hinkler Announcement: https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/posts/422113491516804

👁A note to the Opposition – before you post.https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/posts/378854235842730

👁A New Definition. – Pork barrelling in the Card Trial Regions. :https://saynoseven.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/a-new-definition/

👁Community Panels – Major Issues: https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/posts/371357766592377

👁Fakes vs Facts : https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/posts/374655686262585

👁Online shopping, categories, transfer restrictions points to note: via our Q&A section: https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/posts/378344949226992

👁Shutting down the Tudge Trap. Public Inattention. The difference between Indue cards and a ‘normal visa debit card’ and how we can claim Mr Tudge is lying: https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/posts/374369032957917

👁CONFRONTING MR PITTS LIES AND POLITICAL SPIN: https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/posts/377275612667259:0

👁SNS responds to Keith Pitt : https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/posts/369098870151600

👁SERCO and the Sell Off of our Social Welfare Systems. – https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/posts/378360399225447

👁The issue of Consent and withdrawing consent : https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/posts/373865393008281

 
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THE BOTTOM LINE

The payment of Social Security entitlements is an international obligation of *all* governments under law.

ICESCR Article 9 states: “The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to social security, including social insurance.”

Articles 22 and 25(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights : “Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to so
cial security…” “Everyone has the right to Social security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

Australia is a party to seven core international human rights treaties. The right to social security is contained in article 9 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

See also article 5(e)(iv) of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) , articles 11(1)(e) and 14(2)(c) of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women , article 26 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of people with disability (CRPD).

These payments are not a ‘bonus’ or a ‘privilege’ or a ‘gift’ , they are a legal responsibility and requirement of governments and a legal and protected right for citizens.

These were hard won rights, hard fought for rights and yes they do come with responsibilities. However to assume all people on payments are not meeting those responsibilities, is an uninformed ideological judgement not a fact.

Are we really going to permit the LNP to toss these rights and responsibilities away and take us back to the 1700’s before they existed?

There is a VAST difference between being sincerely grateful for what you receive, respecting that income, and bowing down in self flagellating capitulation to a government that is determined to ignore the impacts of its own policies and political ineptitude.

This government is failing dramatically in its duty of care and it is over reaching its authority; it is failing to abide by the legal and moral responsibilities they have to the people they too are paid from our taxation pool to serve.

#stopthecard

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SOCIAL SECURITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Where does the right to social security come from?

❂Via the Australian Attorney Generals website:

“Australia is a party to seven core international human rights treaties. The right to social security is contained in article 9 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

See also article 5(e)(iv) of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) , articles 11(1)(e) and 14(2)(c) of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women , article 26 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of people with disability (CRPD).”

Link: https://www.ag.gov.au/…/Pu…/Pages/Righttosocialsecurity.aspx

❂International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights:
ICESCR Article 9 states: “The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to social security, including social insurance”

Link: http://www.ohchr.org/…/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CESCR.aspx

❂Articles 22 and 25(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights :
“Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to soSocial security…” “Everyone has the right to Social security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

Link: http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/

Can the right to social security be limited?

❂Article 4 of ICESCR provides that countries may subject economic social and cultural rights only to such limitations ‘as are determined by law only in so far as this may be compatible with the nature of these rights and solely for the purpose of promoting the general welfare in a democratic society’.

❂The UN Committee has stated that such limitations must be proportional and the least restrictive alternative where several types of limitations are available, and even where such limitations are permitted, they should be of limited duration and subject to review.”

This is where the LNP are overreaching their authority:

The CDC targets those who do not fit stated target criteria and their justification for the program ie: those who do not drink, use drugs, use violence or commit crimes under influence or gamble. Therefore it is not, when reasonably considered, a proportionate response to the stated program goal.

Forced third party income management and economic segregation, is NOT the ” least restrictive’ option available to this government it is in fact the most restrictive option available.

The current legislation limits full and equal application of protection under law for forced CDC trial participants, excluding them from accessing in full, their rights and protections contained within the Social Security Act 1999 and Disability, Rights of Child, Racial and other Non Disctimination Acts that would ordinarily apply to them.

The current Act and CDC legislation has NO requirement for review. NONE. Just an ‘end date’ and the Goldfields CDC cards are showing 2021 as a expiry date.

These points, individually and when combined, therefore demonstrate that the CDC does NOT meet this required criteria.

 

CDC INQUIRY SUBMISSIONS TO NOTE:

❂ Australian Human Rights Commission submission to the Cashless Debit Card Senate inquiry 2017. https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/posts/503449913383161

❂ The Consumer Action Law Centre submission (#26) to the CDC Senate inquiry 2017 : https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/posts/503720886689397

❂The Law Council of Australia submission to the CDC Inquiry. Submission #30 https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/posts/503483763379776

OPED:

Unfortunately, government has access to a clause in our Social Security Act which stipulates that all Social Security payments are ‘ subject to legislative amendement’.

This government has used that ‘tool’ written into the Act and widened its ordinary definition to include empowering them to ‘amend’ our human and civil/disability/racial and other rights and protections under the Act as well, rather than just defining who is/isnt able to receive payments..

That is where the difficulty lies with regard to class actions/court cases. They are not ‘exactly’ breaking the law per say, they are bending it to an inch of its life and in our view, misusing the original intention and spirit of it.

They have simply dismissed the Human Rights Commissioners statement and the recommendations of the HRC as a group, as well as other recommendations from the Law Society and other legally qualified groups – this is a serious matter in itself, and so, it is up to the HRC to stand by its statement that this program does not meet human rights standards, and act on it before any of us are liekly to get a chance.

We feel that the HRC will need to lead the legal pathway and instigate any legal challenge to the Act itself, which they havent and are unlikely to as the HRC are hanging by a political thread themselves and the IPA and LNP using Cory Bernadi, want to abolsih the Federal Commission and repatriate the matter of upholding Human Rights to the States.
We dont need a degree in metaphysics to foresee that such a shift could place these State run commissions in the LNP’s political hands as oposed to its current Federal auspice if they lose the next federal election. It also and most importantly pushes Human Rights over all, even further away from the cabinet room making it more likely they will be ignored or sumarily dismissed.

See Cori’s HRC abolition private members Bill here: https://www.aph.gov.au/…/Bills…/Bills_Search_Results/Result…

CDC 2017 Legislation here:
https://www.aph.gov.au/…/Community_Affairs/CashlessDebitCard

Social Security at 1999 here:
http://www6.austlii.edu.au/…/leg…/cth/consol_act/ssa1999338/

#STOPTHECARD

ABDICATING ACCOUNTABILITY

A rebuttle by the SNS to a recent press artcile by Mr Keith Pitt member for Hinkler. Located here:

 

Dear Mr Keith Pitt

75% of the ” people that have contacted my office” – is not a representative statistic of your community, nor is it submissible data in any sense. It also stands a pale second to public polls undertaken within the Hinkler community local media that place your regions response at minimum 81% against the roll out in Bundaberg, 85% against in Hervey Bay and 82% on a second one for Hinkler as a whole, the one you yourself called for.
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Your much lauded “survey”, where actual voting privilges only existed in one of three flyers delivered – voting rights only extended at all to select and LNP friendly households; has already been tabled in the Senate and stands on the Hansard record, as evidence of your consistant inability to act honourably within your own electorate and to tell the truth in national and local media and from the floor of parliament over the last twelve months.

There is no one considered informed of this situation, who is not also acutely aware that you are currently out of favor with the LNP party room and are desperate to regain your position and reputation. Know please, that we will support those who choose to resist you and any attempt you make to misuse your power and risk the lives of vulnerable Australians in order to acheive this goal.

The Senate has voted Mr Pitt and we feel it is about time you accepted that. They voted as late as February this year to limit trials; they have made their decision and they have made it FOR GOOD REASON.

The actions this leglislation permits are life altering for those directly impacted and their communities; the program as a whole is an unqualifed expense as yet not even disclosed to the Australian public in full; the Orima data as analysed by Dr Janet Hunt of the ANU has shown 77% no positive outcome in current trials, and the impact of the card on our small businesses and our Human Economic Privacy and Civil Rights position as a nation and as these relate to equality of a single teir citizenship reality ongoing, have far reaching structural and social implications for ALL Australians regardless of income status.

This policy is not something that CAN let alone SHOULD be ‘rushed out’ based on your personal wants and political beliefs, nor any foot stomping temper tantrum you may make in press. The CDC will remain subject to the parliamentry process and public scruitiny whether you like that, or not.

The SENATE has considered the issues and has limited “trial” locations to three regions for sound practical and moral reasons and has decided that any future roll outs to be considered must follow a set due process. Your own party has stated in the budget just two days ago, that a new evaluation must take place. Why then are you so unwilling to wait for the results and that data BEFORE endangering or risking many more lives?

That you would seek to ignore this safety measure and be so eager to risk the lives health and safety of your own constituants, speaks volumes and says a great deal about the person and politician you are and the vengence and power you are seeking in this endeavour.

As you were informed by the Queensland Teachers Union statement and in their submission to Senate Inquiry, the area teachers themselves and the families of local students have rebutted your claim that ‘ 1000 children a day’ were ‘starving’ in Bundaerg and Hevery Bay. This was a FALSE claim – intentional scare mongering and an outright lie intended to promote your Indue card position. It has no basis in fact OR in data.

As you are also more than fully aware, the Indue LTD Cashless Debit Card creates NO employment whatsoever except for Indue Ltd CEOS and associated LNP contractors and lobbyist groups. Given the cards inability to address the actual and manual issues that underly social inequality, or to magically arrest addictions, reduce crime, change social living conditions for the better or to alter aggressive globalist LNP policies that have gutted the employment sector, it cannot perform any of the miracles you are attributing to it.

It can, as forced third party income management has for the last 13 years, only ever cement poverty, create more welfare dependancy and fail to meet any objective laid out by those that support it. These are well DOCUMENTED failures, not simply our opinion.

As a tool of ideology, and functionally, it can only restrict people from accessing cash. That’s it. Structurally, where change is needed most, it does absolutely nothing for your community in the positive and offers in return only a great expense and many negatives. It will not serve your community at all, it cannot. It can only ever serve the ego and whims of those few to whom you have promised control and other incentives in order to support your and your party’s agendas and crusade.

Dare we say it Mr Pitt, if your community is in such a dire state, and conditions are so bad as you say, then what have you been doing or not doing for the last five years in office that the situation has been permitted by you to deteriorate at all ?

Surely as the Federal representative for Hinkler electorate, you more than any other person, bear full responsiblity and culpability for any conditions that may prevail, as we are sure you would equally try to claim full praise and reward were things going swimmingly. Given you are the one who is accountable, why then do you seek to make your constituants responsible and seek to force them to carry your burden and bear the cost of your inaction?

It remains, whether you like it or not, want it to or not, or are happy about it or not, because of your impatience and unwillingness to accept the Senate decison, you must present a whole new Bill to parliament in order to effect any roll out in your region.

We understand having to do that aggravates you, as losing out to a bunch of elder disabled community members in your war on facts must have been a significant embarrassment for you indeed. None the less, resistance was successful, and the current legislation reflects that victory. We don’t need sour grapes dictating political policy and proceedure. Now or ever.

This new Bill, like the last, is not garunteed passage either, it will be subject to all the same laborious parliamentry processes undertaken by hundreds of peple over the past two years in the intial crafting of the current legislation; it will add additional time and cost and waste millions of taxpayer dollars in the effort to slam it through both Senate and the House and then, into your community, as well as the costs and time for any committe or inquiry it’s appearance may justify. All the while creating more instability and insecurity in your region as it does so. Cost/benefit ratios alone demonstrate this is a selfish and reckless act.

All that needless waste of time and effort purely because you are impatient and so willing to risk lives to see your agenda served you would ignore the valid concerns of social welfare agencies, alcohol and drug experts in the field, academics and your own community. And you need only see todays reponses to your media announcement to see your own communities sentiments on the matter.

Mr Pitt. We welcome the challenge of any new legislation, especially so close to a Federal election. Be assured we will make the most of the opportunity yet again, to demonstrate the inefficacy of the CDCT program on the national stage, and to share with the general public the true impact and nature of CDC and CDCT.

We look forward to the opportunity to discuss, disclose and provide verified and documented data and information about the CDC to your community and the nation, information that you have closted and denied them since the onset of the program; and we look foward to doing so with a much more informed and aware, wider national audience now engaged.

Regards.

– SNS.

 

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 11 of 2017 Scrutiny committee (05/09/2017): CASHLESS DEBIT CARD BILL 2017

Full text of deliberations can be located in the NOTES section, via Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017

CONCLUSION:

The committee thanks the minister for his response and has concluded its examination of the proposed legislation. 2.276

  • The preceding analysis indicates that concerns remain as to whether the trial is effective to achieve its stated objectives. 2.277
  • The analysis further indicates that, based on the information provided, the measures may not be a reasonable and proportionate limitation on human rights. 2.278
  • Accordingly, noting concerns raised by previous human rights assessments of the trial and related concerns regarding income management identified in the committee’s 2016 Review of Stronger Future measures, the measures may not be compatible with the right to social security, the right to privacy and family and the right to equality and non-discrimination.
  • If the bill is passed, the committee will consider the human rights implications of the legislative instruments once they are received.

 

 

KALGOORLIE MUM BEGINS HUNGER STRIKE IN PROTEST OF THE INDUE LTD CASHLESS DEBIT CARD ROLL OUT

UPDATE: WONDERFUL NEWS!

Diane was contacted early this evening 11/05/18 and has been officially exempted from the Indue Ltd Cashless Debit Card trial! Husband Vic remains ‘pending’ but we are hopeful for him and several others also in pending mode at this time.

THANKYOU Australian Independant Media for your support and to everyone who has supported Di and Vic over the past five weeks.

#WEARETHEMEDIA
#faithmanages
#STOPTHECARD

 


 

For immediate release:

 

Diane Savill, a 60 year old diabetic mother with severe lung problems and her husband of twenty six years Vic, are long term residents of Kalgoorlie W.A  the third location of the LNP’s Indue LTD Cashless Debit Card roll out.

Both Diane and her husband are receiving the Disability Support Pension and have been trying to get an exemption from the card trial for the last 5 weeks to no avail.

On top of chronic diabetic concerns, Diane’s lungs were damaged after a bout of swine flu which has been increasingly debilitating. Vic has a broken back and is unable to read or to write given severe dyslexia. Vic also gets confused with numbers, he is unable to use mobile phones, eftpos, ATMs and computers and this means he is going to be unable to use the Indue Card in his daily life and will become totally dependent on his wife for every transaction, incapable of self managing with dignity.

Quite literally, Vic will have no financial or personal independence if he remains on the Indue Card and he will be unable to officially authorise his wife to use his card on his behalf owing to a clause in the Indue terms and conditions [13.1 No Joint Access, p24 Indue LTD Terms and Conditions] which forbids card holders from allowing anyone access to their card, pin number or online portal.

Diane is not Vic’s registered carer and is not physically able herself to become such, nor is she his Centrelink payment nominee and so, attempts to apply for exemption have been rejected. As she noted on her page this week, “It’s not his fault he’s got a busted back, dyslexia and brain damage from a brain tumor“.

The roll out of the Indue Cashless Debit Card program in their region, has caused significant stress for them both and has also created friction within their marriage over concerns for independance, privacy,  and ongoing care needs. Diane and Vic have only recently sold their house and were planning to move to a location outside of the trial zone. If they remain on the card, aside from all other complications, they will be the only members of that community compelled to publicly use an Indue Cashless Debit Card.

Diane’s distress has increased over the past few weeks as she has struggled to find a satisfactory route through the exemption process and she has found herself increasingly depressed. This distress has peaked since the 14 day activation time period limit given to her by the Department of Human Services, was reached just yesterday.

Unable to find the answers or support needed for herself and her husband, Diane has chosen over the past five weeks to actively protest against the card on the street and has participated in events held at the office of Rick Wilson Mp and in front of Centrelink in Kalgoorlie. In desperation at the impending crisis her family now faces and with her refusal to activate the Indue Card and submit herself and her family to even more distress and loss of autonomy, Diane has chosen to take what she feels is an inevitable next step.

Like most forced Indue Card trial participants, neither Diane or Vic drink to excess, use non prescribed drugs or gamble, and both have worked and paid taxes most of their adult lives. They have been responsible non violent citizens and active community members. With their child now grown, they had hoped the expected move would offer some hope for peace and security in their lives.

Diane has telephoned CDC hotlines and visited CDC offices over these past few weeks in attempts to be heard and have their families concerns taken seriously, only to be ‘brushed off’ and to find local area staff had not even read the Terms and Conditions of card use themselves, so could not answer her questions.

Diane also visited a local area counseling service to discuss her emotional concerns in hopes of finding relief and support. Instead, she reports she was pressured into stopping her protests by the clinician on duty, who insisted to her that Diane herself was responsible for the embarrassment and shame that ‘other clients’ had been experiencing and reporting to her. At this point, Diane declared that she had enough and made an impassioned plea from her Facebook page that the right to protest and to speak out where the only rights she had left.

Frustrated and confounded by the lack of awareness for people living with disabilities she has faced, Diane has since made a decision to protest in the only way she does feel she has left to her, that is, to begin a hunger strike. Diane takes this action with the hope of calling attention to her families plight and to the acute distress being experienced not just by her family, but by increasing numbers of people who’s lives have been turned upside down having been forced to accept third party income management for no just cause and without their consent in order to continue  to receieve their lawful Social Security Entitlements.

In Diane’s own words – “I will not say yes and activate that card – I would rather starve.”

Diane begins her hunger strike today, 10/5/2018, in Kalgoorlie Western Australia.

We have been assured, that all that can be done, has been done to ensure Dianes safety and proximity to support, and that Diane is aware of the risks and consequences that her actions may incur.

While we cannot condone actions that may lead to personal injury,  we are compelled to support Diane and Vic as members of our extended community and we cannot deny Diane herself, her human right to protest their treatment by the Department of Human Services.

We call upon Minister Dan Tehan to immediately intervene and examine Diane and Vic’s case and to investigate the roll out process currently underway within the Goldfields Region as a matter of urgency, to ensure no other families or individuals are in similar distress unseen and unheard.

The Say No Seven Community.


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   Goldfields community experience of the Indue Ltd Cashless Debit Card rollout.