INTERNATIONAL DRUG USERS DAY: UNITED NATIONS CALLS FOR AN END TO CRIMINALISATION

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.

GOVERNMENT DEFIES LOGIC ON WELFARE DRUG TESTING

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 ).