Greens join the campaign to Say No to Income Management in Bankstown

Fom 1 July 2012 compulsory income management will be introduced in Bankstown. The NSW Greens have joined the campaign to Say No to Income Management – Not in Bankstown, Not Anywhere!

What is income management? Income management or welfare quarantining means half a person’s Centrelink payment is managed by Centrelink. People targeted will be issued with a “BasicsCard” only to be used to buy certain goods in selected shops. Centrelink can use this money to pay bills like rent and power but not others such as phone bills.

Public meeting: Senator Lee Rhiannon will speak at a public meeting at 1pm on 15 December 2011, at the Civic Tower, 66-72 Rickard Rd, Bankstown. Click to download a copy of the  No to Income Management in Bankstown Leaflet.

WHY DO THE GREENS OPPOSE INCOME MANAGEMENT?

It doesn’t work – international research shows that welfare quarantining doesn’t keep children or families healthy and out of poverty.

It’s expensive – welfare quarantining means more money spent on red tape and staff salaries. $38 million has been budgeted for the 10 trial sites alone.

It’s impractical – the BasicsCard forces families to shop at particular stores, usually the large stores where goods may be more expensive.

Other solutions are available – there is strong evidence that voluntary income management programs and family budget planning can help reduce poverty.

Check out other posts about Jan’s questions in NSW Parliament about Income Management by searching this site under “Income Management”.

Visit the websites of Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Senator Rachel Siewert  for their work in the Australian Parliament on compulsory income management.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN?

Join the campaign to Say ‘NO’ to income management, not in Bankstown not anywhere! Visit www.sayno2gim.info to endorse the campaign and sign the petition.

Find and like on Facebook and follow on Twitter @say_no_2_gov_im

Tell the decision-makers what you think

Write to your local MPs and Federal Ministers. As income management requires the support of State Governments, also write to the NSW Premier and NSW Minister for Family and Community Services.

Premier Barry O’Farrell

GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001

Ph 02 9228 5239

Fax 02 9228 3935

office@premier.nsw.gov.au

Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward

Level 34 Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000

Ph 02 9228 5413, Fax 02 9228 5501

office@goward.minister.nsw.gov.au

Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services andIndigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin 

Federal Parliament House

CANBERRA ACT 2600

Ph 03 9459 1411 Fax 03 9457 5721

jenny.macklin.mp@aph.gov.au