The Cashless Debit Card and Rights of Persons with Disabilities

(2019) Alternative Law Journal 44(2): 114-120

Griffith University Law School Research Paper

Posted: 1 Nov 2019

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Shelley Bielefeld

Griffith University - Griffith Law School; School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

Fleur Beaupert

Independent

Date Written: January 29, 2019

Abstract

The Cashless Debit Card (‘CDC’) was triggered by a recommendation in the 2014 Forrest Review, ostensibly to address substance abuse and gambling issues. The CDC applies to a broad range of social security payments, defined as ‘trigger’ payments, including a Disability Support Pension (DSP). This article contends that people with disabilities are likely to encounter a range of specific issues with the CDC, and that the scheme squares poorly with Australia’s international human rights obligations to persons with disabilities. We argue that the CDC has pernicious effects in terms of deprivation of autonomy, subjection to stigma, and denial of dignity.

Keywords: Disability rights, human rights, discrimination, social security, welfare law

JEL Classification: K39, I31, I38

Suggested Citation

Bielefeld, Shelley and Beaupert, Fleur, The Cashless Debit Card and Rights of Persons with Disabilities (January 29, 2019). (2019) Alternative Law Journal 44(2): 114-120 , Griffith University Law School Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3478622

Shelley Bielefeld (Contact Author)

Griffith University - Griffith Law School ( email )

Nathan Campus, GU
Nathan 4111
Australia

School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Fleur Beaupert

Independent ( email )

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