2GB Ben Fordham beats government plan to phase out cashless welfare cards because people think it’s racist

By 2GB radio host Ben Fordham

Action has consequences.

And the Labor Party just made a terrible decision in the Federal Parliament.

Do not misunderstand me.

Anthony Albanese has had a lot of ‘wins’ since taking over.

He has performed very well in the international arena.

He just reached an agreement with the Greens on his emissions reduction policy.

And he is enjoying his honeymoon.

But this is a shock.

Yesterday in Parliament – the cashless welfare card was officially phased out.

The law to get rid of it – passed the House of Representatives and now moves to the Senate.

And once it’s gone completely, more kids will be hungry.

Action has consequences.

And the consequences of this action are terrible.

More money will be spent on alcohol.

More money will be spent on drugs.

More money will be spent on cigarettes.

More money will be spent on gambling.

Children will be hungry.

They will miss fruit and vegetables.

Breakfast cereals, school lunches and warm dinners.

Some people cannot help themselves.

They are very unwell, have an addiction, and they are out of control.

That’s why we offer cashless benefits cards.

It was put in place to help people.

To help people spend 80% of their welfare money on essential items.

To help people – take care of their children and give them what they need.

To help people – to limit the amount of money they are spending on things that will harm their families.

I received a scary email from a woman who spent a lot of time in the Northern Territory.

Caroline said…

“Alice Springs is in crisis.

“I was shocked at the state of the town.

‘I was shocked at the state of the town.

“Assaults in the city increased by 13%

“Domestic violence increased by 15%

“Motor vehicle thefts have increased by 37%

“And these spikes happened BEFORE the Northern Territory lifted its alcohol ban recently.

“They need help.”

Well Caroline – they’ll need more help once this card is taken away.

And yesterday’s developments in the House of Commons – set the wheels in motion.

It’s about to disappear.

Because the Prime Minister doesn’t believe in ‘difficult love’.

It will be a massacre.

Not for the average family to use the card.

But for the kids in the most desperate situations – it would be a carnage.

Listen to politicians and community leaders on the front lines.

South Australian Liberal MP Rowan Ramsey said:

“The card helps protect families from violence.

“Every day it helps to feed and dress the children.”

Rick Wilson from WA says:

“The decision to cancel the card will cause a tsunami of alcohol and drug trauma to my community.”

Queensland National MP Keith Pitt said:

“A school principal told me after introducing the card – the number of children they had to feed before going to school was halved…

Children start school with lunch and families are paying rent. “

The Prime Minister wants Indigenous Australians to have a “Voice” before Parliament.

But he doesn’t listen to them.

Listen to Noel Pearson, Jacinta Price and Warren Mundine.

And think of the poor voiceless children.

When you take away this card, it is the children who will suffer the most.

And sales of cigarettes, drugs and alcohol will increase.

Sometimes, PM, you have to help people – people who can’t help themselves!

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