Social services official tells Senate estimates she does not know if drugs council warning against testing those on welfare was considered

The Australian National Council on Drugs warned four years ago that there was “no evidence” that drug testing welfare recipients would have any positive effects, and found drug use was not, by itself, a significant barrier to employment.

The Department of Social Services faced questioning in Senate estimates on Wednesday over controversial plans to trial drug testing for about 5,000 welfare recipients.

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