1 November 2019
The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) is calling on Australian governments to heed calls from the United Nations for an end to criminalisation on International Drug Users Day today. “Earlier this year, UNAIDS released ‘Health, Rights and Drugs – Harm Reduction, Decriminalization and Zero Discrimination for People Who Use Drugs’, calling on all countries to adopt a series of recommendations to implement a public health and human rights approach to drug usei,” explained Melanie Walker, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AIVL.
11 October 2019
The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee – which has a majority of Australian Government members – last night handed down its report on the inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019, which seeks to introduce drug testing for welfare recipients.
The majority report inexplicably recommends the Bill be passed by the Senate, despite the universal opposition expressed in submissions and evidence by those organisations working at the coalface of alcohol and other drug treatment service provision – as well as in research and related sectors (see: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/DrugTestingTrial2019 ).
6 September 2019
The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) has expressed frustration at the revival of Australian Government plans to impose drug testing on welfare recipients.