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Astounding stupidity! Turnbull Liberals award contracts for the anti-gambling Welfare Card to gambling interests!

By Michael Griffin

The Turnbull Government claims, on the Department of Human Services website, that the cashless welfare card programme is:

an effective tool for supporting disadvantaged communities to reduce the consumption and effects of drugs, alcohol and gambling that impact on the health and wellbeing of communities, families and children.

Rarely can such rank hypocrisy and idiocy be seen in a government as that exhibited by Turnbull and his moronic LNP colleagues. Do they take the Australian people they purport to represent as complete morons? If so, they are surely mistaken because this little black duck is just one that is not convinced one little bit by their incompetent and corrupt nonsense.

The blatant stupidity and ideologically driven policies of the group of absolutely corrupt neo-fascist cretins who currently run my unfortunate country can nowhere be more evident than in the fact that the corporation to whom the contracts to manage and operate the cashless welfare card, with its purported philanthropic anti-gambling purpose, Indue, is now majority owned by a Hong Kong corporation, Stargroup, that has direct interests in and commercial dealings in, you guessed it, the very thing the welfare card program seeks to eradicate – gambling and casinos! What an astonishing fact! Such blatant stupidity and rank hypocrisy is almost unbelievable yet it is entirely true. Such a circumstance can only eventuate by carelessness and incompetence at a Ministerial level where the responsible minister has failed to do proper appraisals when awarding a lucrative government contract or by corruption arising from turning a blind eye to the obvious facts in the interest of obtaining a political donation from the company awarded the contract and the accompanying generous public funds as administrative fees.

The question is how can a government discourage gambling by rewarding an organisation that profits from it with lucrative contracts involving vast amounts of public funds? This is absurdity at its very highest!

On a visit to the Stargroup website one can read several updates of Stargroup’s purchase of Indue. The update to the purchase of Indue on the Stargroup website dated 11 April 2017 is an official Stargroup report to the Australian Stock Exchange and states the following:

Financial Technology and ATM machine company Stargroup Limited (ASX: STL) wishes to advise it and its wholly owned subsidiary, StarLink Pty Ltd, have made the part payment of $2,600,000 to Indue Limited in relation to the acquisition of its Automatic Teller Machine (“ATM”) switching, settlement, processing, telecommunications and reseller business which was required to be made on or before 14 April 2017.

In other words, Stargroup has purchased most of Indue and its business assets and will acquire the rest of Indue soon.

On the same website one can also read Stargroup’s annual report for 2016 which, at page 13, states the following:

Casino and Gaming Market – The Company will further benefit from the product development and growth within the casino gaming related products such as cash redemption terminals and gaming table automatic settlement products for the Australian market off the back of the NeoICP developments in Macau and other Asian casino gaming markets which were successfully rolled out by NeoICP in the 2016 financial year.

‘NeoICP’ is a Stargroup subsidiary in Asia – that is disclosed further in the same stock market update. The point is, Stargroup already has gambling interests in Asia and intends to also get into gambling in Australia very soon.

Astonishing as it may seem, Stargroup, the soon to be sole owner of Indue – to whom the ‘boy wonders’ of the LNP Tudge and Porter awarded the contracts for the management of the anti-gambling welfare card – derives its revenue from, and intends to extend its interests in, the very thing the welfare card is purportedly designed to discourage – gambling! Such ridiculous hypocrisy makes the mind boggle!

Why is it acceptable that the rich can gamble in luxurious resort casinos in Asia while pensioners and welfare recipients in Australia cannot even enjoy a flutter on the Melbourne Cup? What’s the difference I ask? Is it not defeating the purpose of the welfare card program to condone gambling for one group but condemn it for another? Is this not rank hypocrisy or is it just plain stupidity and incompetence? Either of these are sufficient to warrant dismissal of the morons responsible.

Furthermore, prudent economic management would require that the risks posed to public funds by the welfare card contractual arrangements with Indue (aka Stargroup) are to be avoided. All government contracts with Indue should be cancelled forthwith! More than four billion dollars of public money could be at risk if the welfare card is extended to all welfare recipients. That does not include the welfare entitlements of Australian citizens that Stargroup via Indue will ‘manage’. That is $4 billion plus that could be used for the proper public purposes of health, education, training or debt repayment that would benefit all Australians and not on rewarding and lining the pockets of multinational corporate players with interests in gambling and that have a vested interest in the furtherance of gambling and with exposure to the risks inherent in gambling enterprises.

This is too ridiculous for words

Alan Tudge and Christian Porter are the ministers responsible for this ludicrous incompetent and deceptive stuff-up and have put public funds at risk by exposing them to an organisation up to its knees in the criminal infested Asian gambling market and with the associated risks that accompany gambling ‘enterprises’.

The ludicrous facts of this outstanding incompetence do not require any embellishment or enhancement by the techniques used in fake news or in the master works of comedic fiction for the astounding stupidity and hypocrisy behind it to be any more apparent than they already are and there is only one solution for it. TUDGE & PORTER MUST GO and the Turnbull Government must be sacked forthwith! How much more incompetent mismanagement and deception must the Australian people tolerate before the comedian of Kirribilli acts, resigns or is sacked?

Michael Griffin © 2017



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  1. Florence nee Fedup

    There is a need for such a card where there is choice available. Such as identified need in welfare situation as part case plan. Not universal. Most on benefits managed money well.

    The card is expensive. All it achieves is taking from people they little control they have left over their lives.

    If one wants to gamble, drink or do drugs will find a way to turn the card into cash, as they did with food vouchers in the past.

    Simple, buy groceries, sell them at a discount. Offer the card to others in return for cash.

    It assumes that all on benefits are out to rip off the system, unable to manage their lives or cash. Not true. Also assumes by the right, that they have never worked, never paid taxes.

    The only reason one would see some benefit in the card, if aim is to demonised, belittle those down on their luck. To reinforce the perception that they are responsible for their own plight, that welfare in any form only encourages the lifestyle they have obviously chosen.

    Also good to have a pool of such people to keep the workforce in line. Keep wages and conditions down.

    They don’t believe in a civil, equitable society. Don’t believe in rule of law, of a fair go, as PM Turnbull keeps waffling about.

    Most of all, they don’t believe in commonwealth created by labour and capital. They believe the whole pie belongs to those at the top.

    Rich man in his castle, poor man at the gate. Put on this earth by god to serve them.

  2. Malfunctoin

    I received a related piece of information some time ago;THE AGED PENSION
    Nick Minchin on the Tony Jones ABC TV Program Q & A 11/09/2008 stated quite clearly that funds were not, have not and are not collected and held in a bank account waiting for the government to pay it out in the form of the Old Age Pension, or words that meant, “exactly this.”

    As an ex Australian Federal Government finance Minister, now shadow defence minister, this man knows that his statement on that television program, was a blatant lie (and he said it with a look of sincerity on his face, the ability of doing so obviously a political prerequisite).

    Well, it certainly was collected, but it amassed such huge amounts, this government and those preceding, couldn’t help themselves and have spent billions of it over the years in a manner they had no right to. “the money earned by the people themselves through hard work and often deprivation (as a legislation obligation part thereof was collected by the tax department for this very purpose) was in fact and still is, collected as a tax originally, specifically and intentionally so as to fund, “the Aged Pension.”

    To dispel some misinformation currently being promoted by Party Politicians and their spin doctors and lying ex Ministers, listed here are some historical facts every Australian, especially the young who are under the miss-guided belief and/or assumption that they are funding the Aged Pension from their current taxes; they are not, they’re funding their own Pension Fund; a fund that governments have no intention of paying and to add insult to injury, legislate to force you to pay into a super fund to boot.

    1939 – 1945 World War II

    1942 – 1943

    As a Wartime measure, the Federal Government gained sole control over Australian Income Tax. Labor Prime minister (Ben Chifley) introduced three bills to establish the National Welfare Fund, to be financed by a Compulsory Contribution (levy) of one and sixpence (1/- and 6d) in the Pound (£1 or 20/-) on all personal income. (15c in every $2.00)

    Opposition Leader (Robert Menzies) stated that the Compulsory Contribution (levy) should be kept completely separate. That it should be shown separately on the Taxation Assessment and paid straight into a “TRUST” account and not mixed with the General Revenue.

    Menzies said “The stigma of charity should be removed from the Age Pension.” “It should be an entitlement earned by the person’s personal contribution to the fund.”


    Prime Minister Chifley agreed and established The National Welfare fund as at 1/1/1946. A “Trust” Fund with the Parliament as “Trustee.”

    The Compulsory Contributions (levy) commenced as at 1st January 1946.

    It was shown separately on the personal Tax Assessments for 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1950 and the compulsory levy was properly paid straight into the Special “Trust” fund and Welfare claims were paid out of the fund.

    The balance in the fund in 1950 was almost 100 million pounds.


    Robert Menzies became Prime Minister and he introduced Bills to amend the acts governing the National Welfare Funds.

    The Compulsory Contributions (levy) was then grouped with the Taxation Assessment and appeared as one amount on the Taxation assessments and was paid as one amount straight into the Consolidated Revenue Account.

    The sabotage of the National Welfare Fund had commenced. The Opposition Labor Party had collaborated in this sabotage by remaining silent instead of opposing Menzies’ action.

    1951 – 1985

    The compulsory levy of 7.5% now included in the tax continued to be collected and placed in the Consolidated Revenue Account treated as General Revenue and spent, until 1985.

    1974 – 1975

    Labor Prime Minister (Gough Whitlam) abolished income test for all persons 70 years of age and over and paid pensions to all people over that age.


    Liberal Prime Minister (Malcolm Fraser) cancelled the Whitlam achievement of abolishing the tests for all 70 years of age and over.


    Liberal Prime Minister (Malcolm Fraser with Treasurer Philip Lynch) transferred the balance in the Welfare Fund Account (approximately $470,000,000) to Consolidated Revenue Account.


    Australian Labor Government repealed acts No. 39, 40 and 41 of 1945 (The National Welfare Fund Acts). Thus the funds finally ceased to exist yet the 7.5% levy continued to be collected as a proportion of the Income Tax revenue. It also introduced the (much maligned) Income and Asset Tests, thereby excluding millions of levy and tax- paying Australians from receiving Social Services Pensions.

    This money these self funded contributions paid as a percentage of the total income tax collections are today worth far more than the amount of means tested pensions paid out.

    Actuaries have calculated the non-means tested entitlement due to each retiree, today is in excess of $500 per week.

    This debunks the politician’s claim that the current generation is paying a proportion of their current taxes to cover the payments made to pensioners. The obvious short fall has been swallowed by the Government’s Taxation black hole.

    The historical summary above highlights the fact that politicians of opposing political parties each contributed to the agenda to destroy the entitlement as it was intended. Why? When it clearly would not have been the will of the people.

    While Party Politicians are controlled by a few people who are hidden from public view yet are open to manipulation and outright corruption, there can be no certainty of the payment of pensions.

    Only a majority of truly Independent representatives can bring about a change from Government under corporate control, to Government for the People, of the People, by the People.

    Just because a cabal of political miscreants become so greedy that they change the way a tax looks in the Ledgers, IN NO WAY REMOVES THE FACT THAT THIS TAX IS STILL COLLECTED TO THIS DAY TO PROVIDE FOR THE SUPPLY AND CONTINUATION OF THE OLD AGE PENSION.


    The old age pension is not a privilege;

    Is not a right;

    Is not a gift;

    Is not even welfare;
    The Old Age Pension is an asset;

    Owned and accrued by each Australian Citizen who has funded this asset from their very own purse.
    The governments of the day were employed to amass, secure, invest and manage a fund that in its first 5 years bulged to almost £100,000,000 ( an amount in that day that equated in that day in this day’s dollars and cents, to approximately Au $240 million give or take a million or two).

    They did amass, secure, invest and manage and the figures were colossal and frightening to them and hence they conspired to hide them back into the consolidated Revenue bucket and to this day, that bucket has been brimming with a 7.5% tax collected specifically and only, for the Old Age Pension.

    No, young Australians! You are NOT paying for the welfare of Baby boomers, you are paying for yourselves, new immigrants, the needy in society requiring social services and welfare, dole recipients and the bludgers, BUT YOU ARE NOT PAYING FOR THE OLD AGE PENSION OF ELDERLY AUSTRALIANS WHO HAVE WORKED ALL THEIR LIVES IN THIS COUNTRY AND PAID THEIR DUE FAIR SHARE OF TAXES.

  3. vivienne29

    It’s beyond disgusting. Everything bloody thing contracted out. Insane. All Liberals are bastards.

  4. Jaquix

    Thank you Michael for exposing this blatant hypocrisy by the Turnbull govt. I understood Indue was a company set up by complicated Lib/Nat interests and perhaps the Anthony family. Also that it’s a very lucrative business, making $4000+ per welfare card recipient. There was no tender. So selling this valuable business is possibly delivering a massive profit finding its way into Liberal Party coffers? Surely to God this is the Liberals profiting themselves from the public purse? Please keep on their tail. This needs to be pursued relentlessly. NB this week SkyNews did an online survey about need for a federal ICAC and got 89% yes vote.

  5. Greg

    Once again can I point out the rise in crime in those areas where these the card is still being trialed , the latest figures show an increase Aggravated robbery of 150% , Non-aggravated robbery increase of 400% , Abduction, harassment and other offences increase of 22% ,SERIOUS CRIMINAL TRESPASS increase of 16% , FRAUD DECEPTION AND RELATED OFFENCES increase 45% , so yer tell me now who benefits from this card again because I really want to know ?


    What a perfect way to funnel more funds to more players, apart from just the LNP mates, it appears they are risking if the card was to be rolled out to all, our whole social security budget ($158b per annum) + the associated costs per recipient, Bad enough social security money being on the stock market now, meaning others can buy in to profit off of our poor!, Now this, absolute stupidity, Where is Nick Xenophon now??
    This whole set up needs to be scrapped now, it seems not a day goes by and more and more information comes to the surface, It seems this entire govt’ has many questionable schemes that focus on taking from the poor and the low paid workers to line the pockets of private business and asian gambling corporations and more. Remember Coles and Woolies own most of the poker machine, so where do Aristocrat and others fit in, seeing as everyone else seems to be in on it, are they too !

  7. James

    Steering welfare card holders away from wasteful spending is a furphy.

    An article here 6 weeks ago – described the idea as a rort to benefit the LNP:
    “The Welfare Card programme does not produce savings for the government but adds another level of administrative bureaucracy and cost on top of the current welfare payments system. In fact, the new look Welfare Card, which is a revamp of the former Basics Card, costs upwards of $4,000 person to implement and manage and the previous Basics Card cost $6000 per person. That is, for every person compelled to use the card the Government will also pay Indue upward of $4,000 each. That’s $4,000 that could have been spent on that person directly or as a contribution toward the provision of services to communities with health, educational and employment needs or on reducing the alleged government debt. If every person receiving unemployment benefits were placed on the Welfare Card the cost to the tax payer of the administration of the card alone, not including the actual welfare payments made, would be approximately $3.2 billion more than the cost of the current welfare payment system. That money will be paid to Indue, or to any other private card provider or crony of the LNP Government that it wants to lavish with public funds, but not to those in need. That is $3.2 billion that could have been used to reduce the budget deficit or spent on health, education and work programmes for all Australians. If the recipients of other types of benefits, such as pensioners and family tax benefit recipients, are also compelled to participate in the card programme, then the cost to the taxpayer and Government coffers would be billions more again. Remember, these are additional administrative amounts on top of the welfare payments that need to be made to recipients and that these additional administrative amounts per person are paid to Indue as the manager and operator of the Welfare Card system and not as income support or on services to those who need it.”

    Besides looking smug with themselves, what are MSM doing re this waste of public monies?

  8. jagman48

    Snouts in trough syndrome. A typical LNP trait.

  9. Lorraine Stansfiewld

    I feel like weeping every day this appalling government is in power.

  10. wayne johnson

    isnt it funny that this stupid government is trying desperatly trying to sell off this card to a gambling syndicate when a lot of people are having gambling problems how stupid are they what they have to do now is to hand back the pensions when you put back the services that you took when you first slithered into government and how dare you use other former politicians to create your lnp slush funds we hate this government with a passion its set up to start helping the rich multinationals to our money its not going to happen

  11. bobrafto

    A lil’ while ago somewhere on this site, Kaye Lee observed that the Star Group is owned by Rupert Murdock and perhaps the lil’ black duck who wrote this story might be even more appalled.

  12. Chris2017

    Found some very interesting comment as well as the info pack from malfunction. Did any serious reader expect the government not to privatise the card and then find “mates.” Is there to be a review once the system has bedded down and if so (unlikely) who will conduct a review/audit?

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  14. Florence nee Fedup

    Peta Credlin was heard to say pensions would disappear by the time she is old enough to collect it. People will be expected to provide fro themselves.

    Didn’t explain where she thought the vast majority would get the money to save.

    Money has to be found from the money they receive in wages. No other option available.

    Over the last 3 or 4 decades we have seen the weekly wage having to cope with user pay. Started with Howard, sped up under this mob.

    More and more has to be found from a shrinking wage base. More of the national pie. More of the pie transferred to those at the top, very top now, as middle income earners now.

    I would say Peta is only repeating what she believes to be coalition policy. Maybe she was making her run for Kelly’s seat. Who knows. Was debating Samantha, on Sky, Maiden, who gave impression she agreed.

    That card is about social engineering. preparing us for what is to come.

    The issue it is attempting to address, belongs with health, Family Welfare and judicial system. Not Centrelink.

  15. Florence nee Fedup

    James. good summing up

  16. Matters Not

    This article is all rhetoric and of little substance. No wonder the Opposition won’t buy in.

    Talk about ‘fake news’.

    But I realise that my comment will be disregarded (and attacked) by those who ‘believe’. So be it.

  17. RonaldR

    THE ASTOUNDING-STUPIDITY IS THOSE THAT VOTE FOR ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: LNP – ALP – GREENS The all serve the same foreign masters and Voting for One Nation and these other parties that don’t have a clue how to fix the country and make it a great place for all. BUT WAIT there is an alternative the 5th Largest Federal Party(on membership numbers) that has been registered since 1988 almost 30 years but you don’t hear about them as they have had a media blackout for more than 28 years and the Liberals and Labor have pulled every dirty trick in the book against them. They have stopped the Government from doing some very nasty things against the people of Australia they have done a lot to save the Banks but NOTHING to save the Australian people from the Banks.
    In in 2015 the Liberal & Labor party pushed through draconian anti-Terrorist laws to stop Terrorism but these laws can be used against all Australians (example Our Economy completely crash thanks to the Banks but then the Banks use Changes to Banking Legislation by Turnbull to Steal your Deposits and Super (doing what the Government says is ok) The Australian People take to the Streets and these laws are used against you and Turnbull is working to make them more Draconian he is adding the Use of the Australian defense force against people and the SAS training special police squads.
    They have been used against Australian Citizens already –These were the only laws available to shut up a Federally Registered Political Party and they used them on the 14/11/2015. The Federal Police and WA State Police.
    After reading this item most of you won’t go to the party web site to learn about them but you will Google them and this will take you to the Liberal /Labor bullshit about the party.
    On the same day organising for the party I can be called Far Right and Far left, a Fascist and a Communist all by people that don’t know CEC Policy and what they stand for or people that do and don’t want people knowing the Truth about what is destroying Australia.
    Have you ever wondered why there has been no large infrastructure projects built by Government since Snowy Mountain Scheme (there are projects needed to stop water shortages and wide spread flooding killing Australians) Have you wondered how all our big companies are Foreign owned (including big 4 banks), How nearly all our Manufacturing has vanished. How the population is Growing and the number of Food producers are reducing (not counting export grain and sheep & cattle for live export)
    The Party is The Citizens Electoral Council

  18. halfbreeder

    Matters Not. ‘fake news’. How so when the sources are referenced and there to be checked? Maybe you should do so matey cause u are looking increasing irrelevant when the article is adequatelly referenced and the sources there for you to check. You seem to be a compulsive disruptive troll trawling the pages on AIM to find something to winge about and antagonise people. .If you have nothing constructive to say then don’t say anything. Seems you are just a self-ingratiating self glorifying troll

  19. halfbreeder

    Just for you matter not.

    In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal, on-topic discussion,[3] often for the troll’s amusement.

  20. Matters Not

    Yes halfbreeder you are a ‘believer’.

    (Shakes head and backs away – slowly.)

    A serious issue that’s been trashed by incredibly sloppy arguments.

  21. Trevor Vivian

    Voting LNP is a mental illness. Matters Not as usual bighat & no cattle. Indue is a fundraiser for the LNP.

  22. Halfbreeder

    doesnt seem to be any sloppy argument in the article matters notm if u want academic report writing and a treatise go to a uni library and get hold of some journals. this site is for the general public and the article doesnt trash the issue just the gov who is responsible for the decisions. agree with trevor…big hat no tail..matters not.. you make a lot of remarks trashing other peoples opnions but say little and certainly dont apply ur own expectations to yourself… thats trolling. in fact u remind me of peter dutton…thats his stategy. this article will get lots of penetration because its the type of thing employees will talk about at work around the water cooler or coffee machine while having a laugh.

  23. That Chick

    I have spend at least a year researching this indue program and for all that I hate about it I can say that your wrong about star group, they purchased the ATM arm of Indue only. This is nothing to do with the card as we are all aware they dont work at ATMs. There is no connection at all to ATMS that is why indue has offloaded them. Obviously they are fairly sure they will make enough in the card area and with them also being in the push for all things cashless it does make sense they would off load them.

    Cmon guys do some real hard yards in research before you ruin the work many have done exposing this card with
    incorrect links and information.

  24. Max Gross

    Just another LNP swindle. Follow the money…

  25. That Chick

    after a facebook conversation with the writer he is well aware that star are not part of indue but notes they will gain money as they issue eftpos machines….. like many other banks and orgs who are NOT mentioned.

    It appears the ONLY thing this story has done is taken the pressure off the REAL contract winners and that is INDUE along with partners VISA, BPAY and WESTPAC bank who provide settlement services to indue.

    This person thinks they have brought attention to of the card to the country in one story.
    PITY the story is a load of rubbish then isnt it.
    People are sick to death of lies in our media

  26. Halfbreeder

    update on welfare card. As of 2 May 2017 Stargroup the multinational corporation with gambling interests has now completed the purchase of 100 % of Indue the australian company to whom the LNP granted contracts for the management of the anti – gambling welfare card. Indue aka Stargroup will now be paid $10K per participant in the card programm that it is free to use to expand its gambling interests in Aust and elsewhere. Before the last election Turnbull stated in interview with the Wall Street journal that the welfare payment and medicare payment systems would be privatised. The welfare card is how it is happening. Soon all australians will be on the welfare card, pensioners, family tax benefit recipients, farmers on farm relief, any one who receives a payment from the gov.


    Welfare facts. Bashing welfare recipients reappeared in msm recently. it was stated that aust was spending 154 bill on welfare which equated to 300,000 per second. what u r not told is that the 154 bill is the total spend on all welfare payments AND services by both the states and the feds. it includes inter alia psychologist and counciling services for abused children and community services spending by states and rentals of private housing for victims of domestic violence and on the NDIS etc. Of the 154 bill only 9.9 bill is spent on newstart and payments to the unemployed. More deceipt by turnbull, tudge and porter in collusion with the murdoch press.


    ‘The derro’s cocktail’ is basically a cheap home made ‘screwdriver’ that would usually contain vodka and orange juice but in ‘the derro’s cocktail’ the vodka is subsituted with pure alchohol in the form of metholated sprits. ‘The derro’s cocktail’ has serious health consquences for those who consume it. Both of its ingredients are available to be purchased over the counter at ordinary supermarkets using the welfare card. Prohibition on the purchase of brewed or distilled alcohol will likely result in an increased occurrence of the deleterious health consequences that arise from increased consumption of ‘the derro’s cocktail’.

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