How drug testing will help welfare recipients

How drug testing will help welfare recipients


G’Day the Turnbull Government is committed
to breaking the cycle of poverty and welfare dependency that is so prevalent in parts of
our country. We’re undertaking a number of policies that
will help achieve this. This is not about saving money, it’s about
lives. Because if you’re stuck in welfare, the outcomes
are really negative. You will end up not only with lower a lower
income, lower education standards, you’re more likely to have chronic diseases, more
likely to be subjected to a violent crime. You’re more likely to find yourself unable
to form a family unit. These are important things for the welfare
of all people in Australia, in fact everywhere in the world. One of the programs that we are wanting to
trial, is drug testing people who are on welfare. It’s not everyone. It’s for people who are demonstrating symptoms
of potentially having a drug addiction. The way that this would be done is similar
to the way the police tests people for drugs when they’re driving, when they pull you over
at a mobile drug station or random breath test. It would be use by saliva. And when it is discovered that you may have
a drug addiction, the point is not to punish you, but to help you. To help that person get off the drug addiction. Because what we know, and it’s not like you
need to do studies to know this, is that when people are addicted to drugs, they find it
harder to function in society, they find it impossible to hold down a job. Not everyone, but a lot of people. And a lot of people find themselves therefore
on welfare, because they can’t get a job. This is about helping people get back on their
feet. Because welfare was never meant to be a permanent
hand out, it was meant to be a hand up. And these policies matter. Now they’re opposed by the cross-benchers,
or a lot of people on the cross-bench, they’re opposed by Labor, and they’re opposed by the
Greens. We need your support to help us help people
who are in a tough spot.

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