Despite all of that, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has maintained his position that “this is helping people,” through the logic that identifying and financially punishing welfare recipients will encourage them to seek work.
— News Breakfast (@BreakfastNews) May 9, 2017
The drug testing is only for Newstart & Youth Allowance (I.e. young people). Why limit it? Is it ok for Age Pensioners to get stoned? pic.twitter.com/tV3uQewYoW
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) May 10, 2017
Even the CFMEU, which long opposed on-site drug testing as impeding on the privacy of its members, agreed to the tests in response to a heightened level of construction workers operating machinery while under the influence of ice. It’s pretty clear drug tests have a time and a place in ensuring workers are safe from anyone actively intoxicated.