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Welfare Drug Testing



facts:

  • Many of those who abuse illicit drugs are also on welfare.

  • In response, the Government announced in its 2017 budget that it is trialling a new system where 5,000 people on Newstart & Youth Allowance will be randomly drug tested in order to receive welfare payments. This system has two elements:

  • Those who test positive to drugs will have 80% of their cash welfare payment ‘quarantined’ for 2 years onto a BasicsCard, no-cash debit card, that can only be used for essential purchases such as clothes, food and travel;

  • A second positive test will see the welfare recipient is charged for the cost of the test, and required to see a medical professional for addiction treatment.

issue:

Will drug testing for

welfare help drug users and

save the government money?



sources:

  1. ABC; 'Government chooses western Sydney for first random drug testing of welfare recipients'

  2. Huffington Post; 'Here's How The Welfare Drug Tests Will Work'

  3. New Scientist; 'Australia plans random drug tests for people receiving welfare'

  4. SMH; 'Plan to drug test welfare recipients will 'increase crime and drive social division', say medical professionals'

  5. SMH; 'Plan to drug test welfare recipients will 'increase crime and drive social division', say medical professionals'

  6. Huffington Post; 'Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Is Mean, Unfair And Totally Unnecessary'

  7. ABC; 'Government chooses western Sydney for first random drug testing of welfare recipients'

  8. Parliament of Australia; 'Does income management work?'' | The Australian Government Department of Human Services; 'Media Release: Canterbury-Bankstown first location for drug testing trial'

  9. Courier Mail; 'Drug-testing new welfare recipients is a good idea'

  10. ABC; 'Drug testing welfare recipients could work for some addicts'

  11. ABC; Quoted from Liberal MP Andrew Laming in 'Drug testing for welfare recipients slammed as 'cheap, populist nonsense' in Victoria'

  12. Fraser Coast Chronicle; 'How Coalition's plan to drug test dole recipients will work'

  13. ABC; 'Government chooses western Sydney for first random drug testing of welfare recipients'


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