Anna Henderson - ABC News
The Federal Government's debit card for welfare recipients is under fire from the architect of the policy.
Leading mining figure Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest recommended a Healthy Welfare Card as part of the review he conducted for the Abbott Government on Indigenous employment last year.
Mr Forrest envisaged an across-the-board system for Indigenous and non-Indigenous welfare recipients.
They would be blocked from using the card to buy alcohol or to gamble.
Those on the age and veterans pensions would be exempt.
A central feature of the card was a ban on access to cash payments, which Mr Forrest argued would stop people circumventing the system to purchase alcohol, to gamble or to buy illegal drugs.