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Australia Nearly three-quarters of Australians back drug testing Centrelink recipients and stripping them of benefits if they fail

02:25  11 october  2019
02:25  11 october  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Centrelink accused of 'disability bullying' after man with intellectual disability receives $15,000 robodebt

  Centrelink accused of 'disability bullying' after man with intellectual disability receives $15,000 robodebt The mother of an intellectually disabled man who initially received a $15,000 "robodebt" describes the Department of Human Services' conduct in seeking to recover the money as a form of "disability bullying", in a case that raises further concerns about how the automated debts are applied against vulnerable Australians.In July 2018, Christopher Pascoe, a 53-year-old man with epilepsy and an intellectual disability, received a debt of $15,537.62 from Centrelink.

back drug testing Centrelink recipients and stripping them of benefits if they fail . Under the trial, people receiving Newstart or Youth Allowance benefits who failed a drug test would Those who failed the test twice would be offered drug counselling. The trial is expected to take two years.

Drug - testing welfare recipients an 'absolute disgrace', Australian of the Year says. That support was shared across the major parties. Two in three Labor voters backed the drug testing trial, as did half of Greens voters. If they failed a second test , a recipient would be referred for treatment.

a person standing in front of a store: Seventy per cent of Australians back a trialling drug testing welfare recipients (file picture)© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Seventy per cent of Australians back a trialling drug testing welfare recipients (file picture) Seventy per cent of Australians back trialling drug testing welfare recipients.

Under the trial, people receiving Newstart or Youth Allowance benefits who failed a drug test would have 80 per cent of their payments quarantined on debit cards.

Those who failed the test twice would be offered drug counselling.

The trial is expected to take two years.

A national YouGovGalaxy survey of Labor voters shows more than half back trialling drug testing welfare recipients.

Granddad forced to repay robodebt he says he doesn't owe

  Granddad forced to repay robodebt he says he doesn't owe A Victorian grandfather who was given a $7000 Centrelink robodebt says he is being forced to pay back money he can't afford despite believing the debt is inaccurate. Ken O'Shea, who is a licensed rigger, told senators at a parliamentary inquiry into the government's controversial debt recovery system today that he often worked uneven hours and was likely a victim of robodebt's "flawed averaging system". "I've always endeavoured to declare my income to Centrelink. When I haven't had the pay slips, I have tried to over-estimate the amount," Mr O'Shea said a in statement to the inquiry.

Government backs Centrelink debt system despite 'incorrect' ,000 demand. Guardian Australia continues to receive dozens of similar complaints about Centrelink ’s compliance system Victoria Legal Aid has noticed a significant jump in those coming to them for assistance on welfare debts

Drug - testing will demonise Australians on welfare, experts say. He said the government’s attempts to force people into treatment would fail without more funding for already-stretched That’s backed up by reports from residential rehabilitation centres across the country, which say that prospective

A poll conducted for The Daily Telegraph showed a 63 per cent approval rate among Labor voters for the trial in Canterbury-Bankstown in Sydney, Logan in Queensland and Mandurah in Western Australia.

The same poll showed a national 70 per cent approval rating for the trial, with 24 per cent opposed and six per cent uncommitted.

Coalition voters offered the strongest support, with 91 per cent in favour of the trials, while Greens voters showed 45 per cent support.

The government still needs to get the legislation enabling the trail through the Senate, with Parliament set to resume on Monday.

Senate crossbencher Jacqui Lambie has refused to throw her support behind the legislation, demanding more rehabilitation beds to be made available and even raising the prospect of having pollies screened for drugs.

Labor social services spokeswoman Linda Burney previously described the proposal as 'punitive, unworkable' policy.

The Australian Greens also oppose the plan.

YouGovGalaxy surveyed 1,075 people.

Pill testing is not a yes or no question. Let the science guide us .
A research toxicologist weighs into the pill testing debate. She cautions that not all testing is equal. If we are to introduce testing, what level of analysis are we be prepared to accept?Chemical colour testing is fast, cheap and can be performed by a person at home, yet it tells us merely that ecstasy is present – not how much – so is of little help.Next on the scale of sensitivity,  FTIR spectroscopy (Fourier Transform Infrared) – the method of testing used at the Groovin’ The Moo trials – is relatively weak and even fails to detect the codeine in a prescription Panadeine tablet.

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