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Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Page: 5997

Senator McALLISTER (New South WalesDeputy Opposition Whip in the Senate) (13:23): I want to follow on with additional questions around cost. Our understanding is that the government has already paid $7.9 million to Indue. The government has also paid $1.6 million to ORIMA for their research report that has been referred to over the course of the debate. That has been heavily criticised, including by the Auditor-General, for providing essentially meaningless information about the success or otherwise of the program. We understand that the accrued cost of the cashless debit card trial up to 15 March this year is about $24 million for just two sites. Can you confirm that the cost of the trial across the two existing sites is well over $10,000 per person?