Monday, 12 February 2018
Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017; In Committee
Yes, it has. Labor's position is that we will oppose the amendment. We can't give a blank cheque to expand a trial where there is insufficient evidence to warrant doing so. We support the continuation of the Ceduna and East Kimberley trials to give them further time to work and demonstrate their success.
The fourth part of your amendment goes to extending the period of the current trial and an additional proposed trial in the Goldfields. We would support the continuation of the Ceduna and East Kimberley trials for a further year to give them time to work and for a proper evaluation to be held. We don't support an additional trial location and, as such, we oppose this amendment. We have our own amendments to extend the current trial sites for a further year. We oppose the amendment:
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We don't support the expansion of the trial at this point in any way.