Legislative Council members hear card concerns

Greens senator Tammy Franks listening to community members voice their concerns.

Greens senator Tammy Franks listening to community members voice their concerns.

South Australian Legislative Council members met with concerned community members on Friday to discuss the cashless welfare card during a visit to the West Coast.

Terry Stephens, Jon Gee, Tammy Franks and Tung Ngo listened in a 90-minute session that covered a range of issues from the implications of the cashless welfare card to the establishment of a rehabilitation centre in Ceduna.

Local resident Susan Thiselton said she believed the meeting had made an impact.

“We are pleased with how it went, now we’ll see if anything comes of it,” she said.

GROUP MEETING: Concerned locals meeting with four South Australian senators during their visit to the West Coast last week. Picture: Luca Cetta

GROUP MEETING: Concerned locals meeting with four South Australian senators during their visit to the West Coast last week. Picture: Luca Cetta

“I’m sure we made an impact and it’s good because the powers that be need to know what is going on, because they don’t know.

“They are hearing what the community is saying and that opened their eyes.”

I’m sure we made an impact and it’s good because the powers that be need to know what is going on.

Sue Thiselton

The Legislative Council members listened as those present including people who are on the cashless card had a chance to speak.

They assured the group they would take the information back to their colleagues to share the concerns raised.

Resident Malcolm Spry said it was a passionate meeting.

“You heard so many soul destroying stories and heartbreaking outcomes.”