Treasurer Scott Morrison has confirmed what was already made abundantly clear in new budget documents: the sites of the incoming random drug tests for young Centrelink recipients won’t be random at all.
ScoMo admits the government will be testing waste water to inform where it chooses to drug test welfare recipients #ScoMoLive
— BuzzFeedOz Politics (@BuzzFeedOzPol) May 10, 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
Effectively, this means the government will be able to hone in on young people receiving welfare payments while using illicit drugs, after it was announced payments would be cut off to individuals who fail those random drug tests.
Notably, the random drug tests the government is planning won’t pick up on cocaine usage. FWIW, that wastewater test singled out Canberra as having a higher incidence of cocaine usage than other locales. Funny, that.
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