Welfare random drug test dumping welcomed

DOCTORS and addiction experts have welcomed news the Federal Government will no longer proceed with its plan to randomly drug test 5000 social welfare recipients as part of its Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017.

Royal Australasian College of Physicians spokesperson Associate Professor Adrian Reynolds said the measure would have subjected a vulnerable population to an ineffective, expensive and harmful drug testing regime.

“A drug testing pilot would have delivered an ineffective, expensive and harmful regime that would have hindered, not helped Australians struggling with addiction,” he said.

“Initially, the trial would have impacted around 5000 social welfare recipients.

“If implemented more

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