Senate debates

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Questions without Notice

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

2:32 pm

Photo of Fiona NashFiona Nash (NSW, National Party, Deputy Leader of the Nationals) Share this | Hansard source

I say at the outset as the minister responsible at the time for the National Ice Taskforce strategy, with Minister Michael Keenan, I am very proud of that $244 million that we saw distributed out there for dealing with ice, which is one of the worst scourges we've seen across our country.

The Drug and Alcohol Clinical Care and Prevention Project determines how to allocate different types of services by region. However, local demand for additional services under the National Ice Action Strategy were based on analyses conducted by PHNs because they had the most up-to-date information on those service needs. The model was not used to distribute funding for the National Ice Action Strategy treatment services, and questions about the proposed drug testing of welfare recipients should be referred to those relevant ministers.


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