Kathryn Wilkes 

Hervey Bay resident Kathryn Wilkes initiated the No Cashless Debit Card for Hinkler Region Facebook group which has more than 1,800 members.

Kathryn says that rather than trying to tackle socioeconomic problems through the cashless debit card the government should be investing in services. She argues that the card will deny people access to services, “It goes against people’s human rights, it’s totally unAustralian, we are all supposed to be equal citizens.” As a Disability Support Pension recipient herself, Kathryn is fighting the media’s perceptions of welfare recipients.