Senate debates

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Questions without Notice

Illicit Drugs

2:39 pm

Photo of Jacqui LambieJacqui Lambie (Tasmania, Independent) Share this | Hansard source

My question without notice is directed to the Attorney-General and Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Brandis. I refer the senator to a Parliamentary Library brief I commission which states, in part:

(a)   drug testing for welfare applicants and recipients has been proposed by governments in the UK and Canada.

(b)   the idea has been discussed in Australia but so far the current federal government has ruled it out and has put it back in the two-hard basket.

(c)   there are no obvious constitutional obstacles to introducing drug testing for income support recipients in Australia.

Will the government support testing for illicit drugs for income support recipients in Australia?


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