It is a disappointing development that the Coalition Party Room is continuing its ideological approach to policy with its support for another attempt to legislate drug testing trials for income support recipients, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“Despite overwhelming evidence to the committee inquiry by drug and alcohol experts that the measure would not meet any desired objectives and could have adverse impacts, the Turnbull Government is trying to bring it back.
“It has already been rejected by the Senate, and for good reason. It will do more harm than good and will be a costly waste of money and time.
“Rather than reinforcing perceptions that people struggling with drug addiction should be vilified and treated with suspicion and contempt, Government should be taking a health based approach to helping people struggling with addiction”.