Three in four voters back the Turnbull government’s plan to drug test unemployed welfare recipients, The New Daily reports.
A Newspoll published in The Australian shows 73 per cent support the two-year trials targeting 5000 new jobseekers across three different locations, with 19 per cent against.
Labor and the Greens remain flatly opposed, arguing the scheme will demonise jobless Australians, but a clear majority of voters for both parties are in favour of the proposal.
The government wants to roll out the drug testing pilot across three trial sites – Mandurah in Western Australia, Logan in Queensland and Canterbury-Bankstown in NSW – from January.
Anyone who tests positive would be shunted onto cashless welfare cards, while those who fail more than once would be referred to medical professionals for treatment.
Coalition voters were most in favour, at 89 per cent, followed by One Nation supporters (80 per cent), Labor voters (67 per cent) and Greens backers (50 per cent).
In an interview on Sky News, Human Services Minister Alan Tudge said the government had started with people on unemployment benefits and would “stick to this trial initially”.
“We want to broaden it down the track, once we have done an evaluation, let’s consider that then. But let’s do this first, then we may well roll it out even further,” he added
Three in four people support welfare drug tests: Poll (The New Daily)
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