Drugs and Dole – “The Silver Bullet Approach”
The Greens have opposed the Government’s attempt to reintroduce a bill allowing income support recipients to be drug tested. The idea of such legislation was previously floated in 2017 by then social services minister Christian Porter.
Australian Greens spokesperson and Senator Rachel Siewert tells Oliver Peterson, that this proposed “tough love” approach only entrenches poverty and the single bullet approach does not solve drug addiction.
If the plan becomes legislation, testing for illicit drugs including cannabis, ecstasy, heroin and cocaine will take place as early as next year.
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