The amended bill will now return to the Labor-controlled lower house, where it will need to pass once again before it can become law.
Labor will introduce a voluntary welfare income management card by March next year.
“Time to give people their autonomy back”.
“So many people’s lives were adversely affected because they couldn’t access enough cash … to be able to live their life,” she told the ABC.
Senator Reynolds said Labor’s opt-in approach wouldn’t work for women being coerced to provide money to abusive partners.
Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds says an opt-in approach to the cashless debit card will not work. Source: AAP
Independent senator Jacqui Lambie said the government had failed to put in place enough support services to help people transition off the card.
“All I get from the Labor Party is a heap of silence and a stupid look of ‘I don’t know’ on their face,” she said.