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 ).