Centrelink recipients can use their cashless welfare cards to visit prostitutes and buy porn

Centrelink recipients are allowed to use their cashless welfare cards to pay for prostitutes and buy pornography – despite alcohol being banned

  • It has been revealed the cashless welfare card can be used for sex services
  • It is designed for ‘necessities’ only and to stop the use of drugs and alcohol
  • The federal government is pushing to roll-out the welfare card nation wide

Centrelink recipients are able to buy pornography and pay for prostitutes using their cashless welfare cards – despite spending on alcohol and gambling being banned. 

During a Senate hearing, a Department of Social Services official was asked by Northern Territory Labor MP Malarndirri McCarthy asked if the card could be used to purchase ‘legal sex services’. 

The spokesperson for Social Services Minister Anne Ruston said the cashless cards were designed to be ‘non-interventionist’.

Centrelink recipients are able to buy pornography and pay for prostitutes using their cashless welfare cards (stock image)

‘It has been designed to be as non-interventionist as possible to allow participants to have flexibility and control over their lives and finances while still achieving its core objectives of reducing social problems,’ the spokesperson said.

The cards are being trialled in four areas across Australia with the aim of forcing people into spending welfare money on essential items. 

Spending on alcohol, gambling, gift cards and cash withdrawals is limited or prohibited using the cashless welfare cards.

A Social Services official said there was no data available regarding the number of people who had used cashless welfare cards to pay for sex.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he is keen for the cards to be rolled out across Australia.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he is keen for the cards (pictured) to be rolled out across Australia

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he is keen for the cards (pictured) to be rolled out across Australia 

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