Random drug tests for Centrelink recipients are blocked by Jacqui Lambie, who says she will only pay the bill if politicians have to do the same
- Senator Jacqui Lambie sets a condition to support the testing proposal for medicines
- She asks the government to do the same for politicians and officials
- Coalition to introduce a bill to allow random drug tests for welfare recipients
- It needs the support of Lambie or two senators from the Center Alliance to approve the bill
- The bill, first drafted under the Turnbull government, has been rejected twice
Senator Jacqui Lambie says she is prepared to support the controversial proposal for drug testing for welfare recipients if the same rule is applied to politicians and officials.
The coalition government led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison needs the support of Senator Lambie or one of the two senators from the Center Alliance to approve the bill.
The bill will be submitted to Parliament next week.
Senator Jacqui Lambie says she is ready to support the controversial proposal for drug testing for welfare recipients if the same is applied to politicians and officials
According to the policy first proposed by the Turnbull government, unemployed people would receive Centrelink benefits after random drug testing.
It has been rejected twice by the previous senate.
& # 39; I only support it if they are willing to do it myself, & # 39; said Senator Lambie The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
The independent senator wants the same for parliamentarians, bureaucrats and parliamentary press gallery journalists.
Center Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie said the policy should not be rushed.
& # 39; It's a populist idea, & # 39; said Mrs. Sharkie.
& # 39; We have so few days in Parliament that we have so much good to do. I don't think this should be in the mix. & # 39;
Labor's shadow spokeswoman for families and social services Linda Burney said that the demonization of benefit recipients is a proven method of the Morrison government.
Labor & # 39; s shadow spokeswoman for families and social services Linda Burney accused the Morrison government of demonizing welfare recipients.
& # 39; In randomized drug testing, a 55-year-old would probably have to pee somewhere in a cup to prove that they are not a drug addict & # 39 ;, she said in a statement on Friday.
& # 39; That's inappropriate. & # 39;
Mrs. Burney said the same had been tried unsuccessfully in the US and New Zealand.
& # 39; They (the government) are too busy cleaning up old policies and re-introducing them with the hope of being able to make an agenda, & # 39; she said.
If the federal government's plan is given the green light next week, trials will take place in Canterbury-Bankstown in southwest Sydney, Logan in southeast Queensland and Mandurah, south of Perth.
The two-year trial would test 5,000 people who are applying for the Newstart and Youth allowance for the first time.
Applicants are expected to perform tests on ice, ecstasy and marijuana, cocaine and heroin.
If recipients tested positive for medicines, this would affect their payments for up to two years.
The plan, which was drawn up during the previous Turnbull government, to test unemployed people who receive a Centrelink benefit for drugs, has been rejected twice by the previous senate (shares)
If the plan gets the green light, tests are expected in Canterbury-Bankstown in southwest Sydney, Logan in southeast Queensland and Mandurah, south of Perth (cocaine stock)
They will also be ordered to undergo a secondary drug test within 25 business days of the first positive result.
If the second test is also positive, the recipient is then sent to a medical professional to seek treatment.
Up to $ 10 million would be set aside to support job seekers who test positive for drugs more than once.
Depending on the type of test for which a person has been selected, this takes place in a local Centrelink center or a nearby facility.
Coalition government led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison needs the support of Senator Lambie or one of the two senators from the Center Alliance to approve the bill that will be introduced next week
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