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    Default Drug testing people on the dole WDYT

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/q...-1225857140993


    I think it is a good idea and should be done what do you guys think?

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    Completely opposed.

    I don't support any form of drug taking, but I do not support the unemployment benefits being linked to this sort of draconian regime either.

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    I'd prefer drug assessments for people who have our lives in their hands. People on the dole taking drugs is nowhere as dangerous as a truck driver taking drugs IMO.

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    using drugs or alcohol doesn't mean that you're not complying with your job seeking obligations. And if you don't comply, there are penalties.

    And the job seekers who do have serious drug and alcohol issues need support, not to be booted into further poverty.

    My partner has worked in job network for years, and while there is the odd stereotypical dole bludger, the average long term unemployed person has barriers for which they need support.

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    While I do know a fair few people receiving benefits that use a huge chunk of it on drugs and alcohol most of the people that I know who do it on a daily/regular basis have good paying jobs.

    So unless they're going to start drug testing for every type of employment I think this is unfair.

    Although I think if there has been proof of use/abuse that they could set up some sort of rehabilitation plans or classes that are mandatory, similar to how Work for the Dole works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    I'd prefer drug assessments for people who have our lives in their hands. People on the dole taking drugs is nowhere as dangerous as a truck driver taking drugs IMO.
    Yes this. I don't know why people argue for drug tests for people on the dole because some jobs require it.. I saw this going around on facebook .. its just not the same.. my partner is a truck driver/ works on the wharfs and there is strict regular drug testing because they operate heavy machinery and I guess there is an issue with the chance of smuggling.. if people become known to department of communities and the health system as drug users and frequently run out money for food etc they have income management anyway.

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    Also how degrading and what a waste of time

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    This is such an old article.

    George Christensen is now the member and the policy idea didn't go anywhere.

    Aside from any social policy issues - how in EARTH could it be administered? I mean really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumMum View Post
    Also how degrading and what a waste of time

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    Prob cost more than their pathetic fortnightly payments.

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    the logisitics would be crazy! how often? WHERE will the tests be done? Will a doc referral be needed (cos its so easy to see a gp!) not to mention the cost!
    and if the tests were only say 6monthly to cut costs, its pretty easy to pass a test twice a year.


 

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