What the public thinks about government by trial

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Survey respondents supported trials like the cashless welfare card in unemployment policy more than in areas like health.

New research shows the public are more likely to support trials for government programs when they feel there isn’t enough evidence to back them up.

Experts from the Australian National University Social Research Centre found people support randomised control trials, where one group receives something new and another doesn’t, more in contested policy areas like school education and support for the unemployed.

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