"If the Ceduna trial does go well it will have to be judged on what the community got out of it versus what it actually wants," Matt O'Sullivan, who was pre-selected by the Liberal party for the new seat of Burt over the Anzac weekend, told 'The Point'.
Ceduna in South Australia and Kununurra in remote Western Australia are two communities that are currently trialling the federal government's cashless welfare card scheme.
The scheme dictates that 80 per cent of a welfare recipient's payment is put on the card, which only works in certain stores, to discourage money being spent on alcohol or gambling.
"We would have to examine, did the rates of alcohol violence drop, are things with the card actually working?" he says.
"Now if it is working, it is entirely possible that other communities may want the same thing, and there’s no reason that some of these things can’t go to the cities and their suburbs, especially if they are wanted."
Mr O'Sullivan added that the government's Forrest Review, which was conducted with the aim to improve the outlook of Indigenous Australians, has shown that programs like the welfare card are more effective when they are rolled out in vulnerable areas "rather than simply putting into place things in a generalised sweeping form."
But he reiterated it was too soon to decide on the future of the welfare card. "We need to see how the Ceduna trial goes," he says.
"We’ll just have to wait and see what comes of the trial."