News

Billionaire says Greens 'party for pedophiles' over card

Billionaire Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest has labelled the Greens "the party for pedophiles" for failing to support a cashless debit card for welfare recipients.

Mr Forrest has long supported such a card, believing it would stop welfare payments being spent on drugs and alcohol.

This week he travelled to Canberra to show Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten CCTV footage of unconscious children being assaulted.

The Greens refused to attend the screening for reasons Mr Forrest dubbed "human rights horsesh*t".

"I have to hold the Greens accountable here; the Greens might as well be the party for pedophiles, the party for child sex abusers - you're the party of human rights and you've forgotten the human rights of children, just call yourself the party for pedophiles," he said, according to Fairfax Media.

"While we play politics, Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, the cross benches, kids are dying and the instant someone plays politics, you literally consign another life to being molested, to being abused, to being kept from school, or worse, committing suicide.

"I'm asking the Prime Minister and the leader of the Opposition to put wedge politics aside and come out and strongly back the little children in vulnerable communities, because quite literally, while Australia dithers on this, children are dying.

"I want the government to listen to the communities. Governments are flat out listening to everyone else from the community from academics, to green politicians to people who don't go to these communities, don't care about these communities, and reckon they're an authority on them, whereas we should just give the cashless debit card to those communities who are begging for it."

The cashless welfare card is being trialled at two sites: East Kimberley, WA and Ceduna, SA.

The government has announced plans to expand the trial to two more sites.

The trial has shown a reduction in alcohol and drug abuse and some homelessness but about half of the participants say the card made their lives worse.

Greens senator Rachel Siewert dismissed Mr Forrest's comments.

"Andrew Forrest tends to run bizarre commentary against people who do not agree with his ideas and this is just another example," Ms Siewert said.

"I will not be bullied into supporting the cashless welfare card and will not be dignifying his absurd and offensive comments any further."

News Corp Australia

Topics:  andrew forrest cashless welfare card greens


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Australia's biggest wind farm coming to Darling Downs

WIND POWER: Australia's largest wind farm is set to be built in the Darling Downs north of Dalby by AGL and GE.

Wind farm will produce enough energy to power 260,000 average homes

Sex tape sequel: Man caught on camera slapped with penalty

SEX SLAVES: Human trafficking will be discussed at the upcoming Splendour Immerse Women Conference at Gayndah's ACC Church. Photo Brandon Livesay / Central & North Burnett Times

Offender exposed himself on pool table in beer garden

Your snaps could help us understand artesian springs

Travel snaps of Great Artesian Basin springs could help the government document their unique ecosystems.

Holiday snaps could help government protect springs

Local Partners

Severe fire danger warning for Darling Downs regions

AUTHORITIES are warning of severe fire conditions across the Darling Downs, Granite Belt and Maranoa regions due to recent weather patterns.

Jemma's bewitching voice

STAGE PRESENCE: Suzie Mathers and Jemma Rix in a scene from Wicked The Musical.

Wicked musical theatre star Jemma Rix has released her debut album.

This laughter yoga video will have you in fits of giggles

BEST MEDICINE: Karen Flannery is spreading happiness through laughter throughout Hervey Bay.

New members needed for a laughing good time

Dancers show off skills at Toowoomba Eisteddfod

Milla Rowbotham and Rebecca Gill from All Star Dance Academy .Toowoomba Eisteddfod, Empire Theatre. August 2017

Poems and dances dominated the 72nd City of Toowoomba Eisteddfod

RECAP: Game of Thrones s7 e6 - Beyond the Wall

*Warning this story contains spoilers about today's new episode*

Paul Kelly announces massive Australian tour

Paul Kelly is going on a 16-date national tour in November.

Music legend thrills fans with the announcement of a massive tour.

Truth behind Whitney Houston’s ‘fairytale’ life

Documentary reveals the 'truth' behind Whitney Houston's life.

IT MIGHT be the greatest myth in modern pop music.

Survivor twist bound to shock

Sunshine Coast mum-of-three Tara Pitt.

TARA Pitt benefited from a shock twist on Australian Survivor.

The Block goes back to school with gorgeous kids rooms

Ronnie and Georgia's winning kids bedroom in a scene from The Block.

ONE magical bedroom received the first perfect score of the season.

What's on the small screen this week

Rob Collins and Jessica Marais in a scene from season two of The Wrong Girl.

JESSICA Marais returns in The Wrong Girl.

Playing Tom Cruise's wife was a dream for Sarah Wright

Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright in American Made.

The actress stars opposite Cruise in the action comedy

Investors quick to snap up property in key growth corridor

High-profile commercial site sells at auction for $4.920m

EXPLAINED: What the 'Costco effect' means for Ipswich

PRICE WARS: A Costco store similar to this one in Canberra, is planned for Ipswich.

Exclusive 'cult' about to change how families do grocery shopping

4800 homes to be built in massive new Coast estate

Masterplanned community full steam ahead - it's not Caloundra South

Open for inspection homes August 17 - 23

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Airbnb, Stayz and co tipped to squeeze Coast housing market

HOLIDAY BOOM: Airbnb letting is putting a further squeeze on long-term rentals.

Councils exploring options to manage the industry

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!