ANU researchers say it’s ‘unwise’ to place too much stock in evaluation which found card was effective ‘in reducing alcohol consumption, illegal drug use and gambling’

Australian National University researchers have criticised the reliability of a government-commissioned study used to justify the cashless debit card’s expansion.

Earlier this year, an initial evaluation of the cashless debit card trial – a scheme that controls how social security payments can be spent in two mostly Indigenous communities – found it had largely been effective “in reducing alcohol consumption, illegal drug use and gambling – establishing a clear ‘proof-of-concept’”.

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