Parliament House Image by Long Zheng, Flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

Parliament House Image by Long Zheng, Flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

Drug testing welfare recipients is not about love, Malcolm Turnbull, it's about punishment - Associate Professor Miranda Forsyth and Dr Cynthia Branham write in the Guardian

12th May 2017

RegNet’s Miranda Forsyth and Cynthia Banham offer their perspective on the 2017 Australian Budget announced this week.

In an opinion piece in the Guardian, they discuss the proposition to impose drug tests on welfare recipients. The proposal would see job seeker recipients who tested positive being placed on the cashless debit card scheme.

It is “an unjustified infringement upon individual liberty and the right to privacy”, they argue. “Putting resources into high-quality substance abuse programs is far more likely to have positive social outcomes than the continual punishment of those we are ostensibly seeking to benefit.”

Read the full article here.

Parliament House Image by Long Zheng, under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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