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New investigation highlights fundamental flaws in income management

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 1 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to abandon income management, as an ABC investigation highlights long-standing flaws in the scheme.

"Income management is a misguided regime which is not supported by evidence. This investigation reinforces the fact it is a flawed approach," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.

"The ABC report reiterates a number of concerns that have been raised about this scheme in the past, including that it is very expensive, creates stigma and embarrassment for those affected, and is problematic to operate and administer.

"At a cost of up to $7,700 per person, income management is an expensive, bureaucratic mess. This money should be invested in programs to support, educate and assist people to help them find secure work, undertake training, gain qualifications and address other underlying causes of disadvantage.

"It is particularly concerning that this regime continues to target young people, who are some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

"Removing a person's independence and ability to control key aspects of their lives simply will not provide them with long term tools or solutions to whatever challenges they are facing.

"Prescribing behaviours and where a person buys their groceries is a punitive, top down approach which treats people like second class citizens.

"The Government needs to end income management as a matter of priority and reinvest this money to provide meaningful support and assistance for those who need it," Senator Siewert concluded.

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