PROTESTS CONTINUE: Cashless welfare card protest on Boat Harbour Drive in Hervey Bay last year.
PROTESTS CONTINUE: Cashless welfare card protest on Boat Harbour Drive in Hervey Bay last year. Alistair Brightman

Activists vow to continue fight against cashless card

"THE fight is never going to be over when it comes to human rights".

Those were the words of Hervey Bay's Kathryn Wilkes, who says she will never stop protesting the Cashless Debit Card, despite Hinkler MP Keith Pitt's resounding victory at the weekend's election.

She said the win could be interpreted as a sign of wider support for the welfare card, but Ms Wilkes said the voices she was hearing were saying something very different.

From mental health issues to having their rental payments declined and cars repossessed because they couldn't make repayments from their Indue cards, the effect on some people's lives had been heartbreaking, Ms Wilkes said.

Ms Wilkes now fears the card will be more widely rolled out across the Hinkler community and Australia.

At the weekend Mr Pitt celebrated at the Burnett Bowls Club with family and supporters and called the LNP's victory "a resounding endorsement of the Cashless Debit Card".

"If this is a referendum on the Cashless Debit Card, then the result is very, very clear," he said.

"People want change. They know these are tough decisions that we have to do, to make real social change locally that is in the benefit of local kids.

"The Cashless Debit Card trial in the Hinkler electorate is legislated to continue until 30 June 2020 and I look forward to seeing the results from the trial."