Cairns Regional Council is under fire from ratepayers for introducing cashless payments for some council services.
A petition containing 1500 signatures has been presented to the council CEO demanding cash payments be restored.
Mooroobool ratepayer Frankie Hogan who gathered the signatures told the Cairns Post the decision to go cashless was discriminatory, impacts the vulnerable and was controlling.
“A lot of people are not happy about it. I meet elderly people who tell me ‘I only use cash,’” Ms Hogan said.
“Council need to realise we the people want to keep cash in society.”
A separate online petition to keep using cash for council services has gained 1000 signatures.
Cairns councilor Brett Olds said the decision to go cashless was made by un-elected operational staff and had nothing to do with the council.
“It beggars belief that a controversial move like this would be made at operational level and not voted on by the elected council, without proper community consultation,” he said.
“ We work for the people of Cairns, we don’t lord over them.”
This saga, removing legal tender from the hands of the people, does not augur well for the federal Labor and Liberal parties which have been manouvering in the background for several years to get rid of cash.
So-much-so that the former LNP government instructed the Reserve Bank to investigate the implementation of CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency) in line with World Economic Forum policy to introduce digital currency world wide.
The RBA, as previously reported in Cairns News will soon release a paper detailing how best to remove legal tender to be replaced by plastic transactions for all commercial activity.
Deposed Liberal PM Scott Morrison introduced the cashless transaction bill in 2021 but it did not make it to the floor of parliament after extremely nervous Liberal and National backbenchers refused to support it.
The Labor government has said it will examine the RBA investigation’s finding with the view of re-introducing the cashless transaction bill later this year.