‘Alice Springs town camp leader Barbara Shaw is in Sydney this week pushing for the Federal Government to put a moratorium on income management.
Introduced during the Northern Territory Emergency Response, income management quarantines a portion of Centrelink payments.
This money can only be used to buy priority or approved items at government-approved stores.
Ms Shaw says there is no proof that life has improved under the system and people should have the right to choose whether their income is managed or not.
“Us mob in the Northern Territory, it was imposed on us,” she said. “There was no consultation, really, except one day you walk in to Centrelink and half your money is missing, basically.”
She says social issues and welfare have not improved since the introduction of the scheme and it should not be extended to any more communities in Australia.
“People do not want income management in their areas,” she said.’