The week in Parliament was dominated by negotiations, debates, amendments, backroom deals and party infighting over the Gonski 2.0 legislation, but as weary pollies rose for the winter break at 2am today, it is easy to forget that there was a lot of other stuff happening in the world of politics that went under the radar. So just what happened in the halls of power this week? Quite a lot actually:
Drug testing trials legislation
On Thursday in the House of Representatives legislation was introduced to implement the government's budget announcements on massive changes to welfare, including the highly controversial plan to trial drug testing for 5000 welfare recipients across three locations and put them on quarantined income management if they fail drug tests. The government admits it knows these sorts of trials haven't worked elsewhere in the world, but it argues that because it is a trial, it's worth seeing how it goes.