Greens condemn cuts to Welfare Rights Centre SA and call on Weatherill Government to restore funding

We are shocked to learn about the loss of funding for the Welfare Rights Centre SA, in an era where the Federal Government are pursuing false debt notices and demonising our nation’s most vulnerable.

The Welfare Rights Centre SA has been supporting those in need for three decades and Greens MLC Tammy Franks said the move will disadvantage both the state and its people.

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“In the past year, we’ve seen ridiculous “robodebts” demanding repayments that aren’t due, the roll out of the cashless welfare card in Ceduna, City of Playford and possibly soon to be in Port Augusta, and proposed drug testing for welfare recipients. This move will take away the ability for those unfairly treated by our social security system to access fairness and justice,” Ms Franks said.

“This announcement is gob-smackingly stupid and will just punish the poor. Denying people basic support when battling the Centrelink bureaucracy will lead to an increase in poverty, homelessness and incarceration, which will cost more in the long run.”

“Not only is the State Government scapegoating people on welfare but it’s taking away their ability to contest unfair decisions.”

“The Federal Government may have jumped the shark on social insecurity, but the Weatherill Government should stand up for compassion and common sense.”

The Welfare Rights Centre SA is a community organisation providing free and independent information, and advice about social security issues both in person and via phone hotline across South Australia.

Operating on a shoestring by a dedicated team and expert volunteers, the Welfare Rights Centre SA is a long-standing community legal centre that advocates for people disadvantaged by poverty, sickness, disability, and homelessness. 

A small amount of support from the State Government will save dollars and keep people in their houses and off the street. We are calling on the Weatherill Government to invest in the future of South Australians. 

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