There will be a community meeting this Saturday about the Cashless Debit Card with Assistant Minister Alan Tudge and, I believe, Senator Nick Xenophon in attendance.
This meeting will provide accurate details of the trial, give information about the support services which accompany the trial and answer any questions asked.
The trial is designed to help people suffering from addictions to substances, to gambling and most importantly to help families and children who are suffering neglect because of these problems.
We have all heard distressing stories about neglected children and some individuals spending most of their benefits on grog, drugs or gambling.
The meeting will correct many misapprehensions about the effects of the trial. It will also provide some detail about the very important support systems which will come to Ceduna and our area as part of this initiative.
As an example we will see an officer from the Department of Social Services located in Ceduna for months to assist with the changes which will come as part of the trial.
This meeting is an opportunity to speak with senior representatives of the Australian Government and Government Agencies to gain a clear picture of the advantages which will come to our community from this trial.
Also, of course, to ask questions about and concerns which you may have.
We have some truly alarming statistics about social problems within our area including the fact that we have assault rates multiple times of those in most other communities.
This trial is aimed at solving distressing problems which are mainly related to excessive alcohol consumption.
It cannot be guaranteed that the initiative will be successful however this is why that we are having a trial - if it fails it will cease after one year.
Please attend if you can – this may be the initiative which helps many people within our community to overcome serious problems without impacting unfairly on individuals who do not have a problem.
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