We’re on the way – take a minute to celebrate

You know that thing about drug testing people on welfare? This afternoon, Labor met to decide whether to back the Turnbull Government’s plans.

Huge thanks to everyone who got in touch with Bill Shorten or their local Labor MP this morning to encourage them to opposed the legislation. The awesome news is… you did it!!! Labor just announced that they will oppose Schedules 12, 13 and 14 of the Welfare Reform Bill.

This is totally worth celebrating, and it’s also just the first step in an ongoing campaign. The next step will be to convince the cross-bench Senators to join Labor and the Greens in opposing the government’s plans.

For now, jump on this moment. It’s a great opportunity to convince a friend that punishing people with substance use disorders is not the way to go. On Ch10 this morning, Dr Alex Wodak did a great job of explaining what’s wrong with the government’s plans.

 

 

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  • Drug testing welfare recipients is a risky slope to go down. A handful of countries have tried it and have scrapped it for not providing the results it was designed to. Other countries that are doing this see incredibly low hit rates, and some would argue it exists only to appear to be tough on drugs.

    Jessica Rowe is right, trying to turn people away from drugs potentially paves the path for higher crime rates. It also pushes them away from vital support services that in many cases they need to simply survive. We have seen it many times in situations outside of drug use – simply saying ’don’t do it’ is ineffective.

    There seems to be a societal attitude that drug addiction and dependence can be switched on or off simply as a matter of choice. This approach is harmful and damaging to all those effected by this, both directly and indirectly.

    The money that would be spent on these tests and systems should instead be funnelled into the appropriate medical sectors that deal with drug addiction and dependence. We need to look at this stuff from a medical and health standpoint.
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