In contemplating the outcomes of No Cash November to write this blog, the realisation struck that as at 10 December, I am still yet to use cash.
This is not just to see how long I could go. It’s simply that I have not needed cash yet or felt that the security blanket of money in the pocket would have been a benefit to my day to day life.
No Cash November has made me even more aware that we as a society are moving closer and closer to a cashless economy.
There are however, still considerable systemic changes and improvements to technology needed for the adoption of the Healthy Welfare Card to ensure it would protect the vulnerable rather than make life more complicated.
There would have to be widespread support from the community, full support from the banks and widespread support from retailers to remove the minimum spend that complicated the simplest of purchases. There would have to be a push to support smaller vendors and encourage them to have mobile EFTPOS facilities. This would ensure people were not restricted from their favorite barbershop or local market fresh produce stall.
A number of leading executives and community members joined me through the month of November. Each shared their journey; noting both the positive impacts and difficulties of living a card only lifestyle.
I am so grateful to those that joined, who ensured greater understanding that this recommendation would support vulnerable Australians consumed by the poisonous passive welfare lifestyle. It also highlights what changes would be needed to fully introduce the Healthy Welfare Card.
Some people shared the struggles of their own personal demons, challenges each have faced in their life and stories of them already opting in to a card only lifestyle.
Hearing these stories is incredibly powerful. They confirm the need for the Healthy Welfare Card and I applaud and admire the courage it can take to share such personal stories.
There is not one solution that will support people in building their own self worth and self-determination. Nor is there a ‘one shoe fits all’ way, but I believe we must look and listen to people.
We must follow what they believe will support our people break away from the imprisonment and poison of welfare.