Welfare drug test a “cheap” move: Vic govt
The federal government named Logan in Queensland as its second site for its drug-testing trial of new unemployment recipients from 2018 on Wednesday, drawing the ire of the local mayor.
The Victorian government slammed the program when it was announced earlier this year and Premier Daniel Andrews says his stance has not changed. “I think it’s much better to support people to get off drugs, I think it’s much better to support people to rebuild their life providing all the supports and services that are needed rather than demonising people,” he told reporters in Melbourne. “Rather than these pretty cheap approaches, it may be popular with some but I don’t know it ultimately delivers the outcomes that various federal government ministers are bragging about.”