Concerns on drug-use penalty
Tough new compliance and drug-testing regimes proposed for people on social security have sparked warnings from welfare groups.
Welfare Rights and Advocacy Service executive officer Kate Beaumont warned of unintended consequences of withholding payments and making it more difficult to get support.
“There’s a community cost in that they’ll turn to organisations to get emergency relief, or it could be that they do crime,” Ms Beaumont said.
Treasurer Scott Morrison revealed the Government would randomly drug test 5000 new welfare recipients. Anyone who tested positive would be placed on welfare quarantining, while those who failed more than once would be referred for treatment.