God forbid you ever need Welfare in Australia.
Despite the government hype and entrenched welfare bashing, Australia’s welfare payments are the lowest in the OECD!
With Australia being close to the most expensive place to live on planet earth, the discrepancy is psychotic.
To further welfare ignominy, the government has introduced a ‘Welfare’ card and trialed the card in regional areas around Australia. The welfare card was intended to reduce drug and alcohol dependency by denying welfare recipients access to cash. The card can only be used in ‘authorised’ stores for basic food and accessories and the holder of the card can only access small amounts of cash through appropriate outlets. How people pay rent or mortgages, catch trains or buses, buy used goods, get hair cuts, buy goods from unauthorised stores, or send children on school excursions is of no concern to the Australian government.
When we first heard of the welfare card, several years ago, we knew the card had nothing to do with drug and alcohol abuse and everything to do with making money from those unable to defend themselves.
Let’s follow the money trail –
It’s always about the money!
The welfare card is administered by Indue, a non-reporting company based in Australia. Indue Pty. Ltd is a corporation owned by Liberal and National Party members that donates to the Liberal and National Parties. The Former Chairman of Indue is none other than former LNP MP, Larry Anthony who is the son of former Liberal Country Party Deputy Prime Minister Doug Anthony. Other companies now owned by Larry Anthony, or by the corporate trustee of his family trust, Illalangi Pty Ltd, work under ‘sub’ contracts for Indue itself and make their profits from dealings with Indue in the course of Indue performing its contracts with the Government.
Other companies now owned by Larry Anthony, or by the corporate trustee of his family trust, Illalangi Pty Ltd, work under ‘sub’ contracts for Indue itself and make their profits from dealings with Indue in the course of Indue performing its contracts with the Government.
These corporations are SAS Consulting Group Pty Ltd – a political lobbying group that counts Indue as a client – and Unidap Solutions Pty Ltd – an electronic digital IT services corporation that provides Indue, and the current LNP Government directly, with various IT services. This convoluted network of corporations and trusts is standard practice for those wishing to conceal their involvement in an enterprise or operation and is often engaged to shield a person’s involvement in an enterprise.
The real purpose of the welfare card program, is, to obtain donations for the financially stressed LNP. The Liberals had significant amounts withheld from them by various Australian electoral commissions in 2016 due to their failure to properly report the political donations they received. The Liberals have shown a propensity to manipulate electoral donation laws as their recent dealings with the various electoral commissions in ‘the ‘Sinodinos Affair’ and Joe Hockey’s ‘North Sydney Forum Affair’ indicate.
It is common knowledge that the Liberals also need to repay their current parliamentary leader, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the $1.8 million he loaned to them for the 2016 election campaign – not to mention other loan amounts he has advanced to them in the past. It is reported that the Liberal Party is in debt to the tune of approximately $39 million.
The new look Welfare Card is a revamp of the former Basics Card and costs upwards of $10,000 per person to implement and manage. That is, for every person compelled to use the card the Government will also pay Indue upward of $10,000 each. That’s $10,000 of tax payer money that could have been spent on that person directly or as a contribution toward the provision of services to communities with health, educational and employment needs. If every person receiving unemployment benefits were placed on the welfare card the cost to the tax payer of the administration of the card alone, not including the actual welfare payments made, would be approximately $3.2 billion more than the cost of the current payment system. These are just the fixed costs. We have to consider the application fee for businesses accepting the card, plus the huge transaction fees applied to both consumer and vendor to see that this card is a cash cow for an uncaring, devious government.
There is no evidence that the health and social outcomes claimed for the welfare card have been achieved. Despite ‘evidence’ about declines in poker machine use and alcohol sales in areas where the card program has been tested there are confirmed reports of increases in other serious crimes in those areas. Robberies and assaults have increased by up to 200% and gone unreported as desperate people steal cash or valuables in order to make necessary purchases to survive.
The question is then, ‘what is the real purpose of the welfare card program?’ There can be little doubt that the answer to this is the provision of donations to the LNP. In effect, LNP members and supporters are obtaining benefits from government funds that are intended for the welfare of Australian citizens. Public money is being transferred to private individuals and corporations with deep connections with the LNP in exchange for no apparent benefit to the public and in exchange for donations to the LNP. Unfortunately, with the very weak democracy in Australia, there is no way to hold those involved in this scheme to account or to have any corruption investigated independently or prosecuted at a federal level. No federal ICAC exists. Only the Federal Police can investigate corruption as the criminal offense of defrauding the Commonwealth. Given that the Federal Police are controlled by the LNP Government and given the LNP is the very party that is benefiting from the card program, and given that the Federal Police are beholding to that LNP far right for their funding, any such investigation by the Federal Police is unlikely to ever occur.
However, it may be possible to challenge the award of the contract to Indue on grounds of ‘unreasonableness’ and perhaps ‘bias’ under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 (Cth).
The Welfare card is here to stay and will be expanded to all unemployed and pensioners. The current Welfare card system will be sold to possibly foreign interests and absolve the government from their psychopathic involvement in the scheme. The revenue stream from welfare sources is projected in the many billions and global expansion of the card is viable.
This is wealth from the poor on a scale never before seen, funded by those paying taxes and overseas loans (paid back by those paying tax).
This is a social calamity that nearly every tax paying Australian citizen is unaware of and the illustrates a fraction of the ASPD depravity their government has sunk to.
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