Proposed drug testing policy would force those waiting for treatment further to the back of the queue.
The evidence on the effectiveness of this expensive measure is ambiguous.
A holistic, more therapeutic approach would be a more effective means addressing acute disadvantage
This policy erroneously links substance dependence and unemployment, generating levels of stigma for jobseekers
These funds should be diverted to raising the rate of Newstart, creating more employment opportunities in regions with high unemployment including additional access to skills and other training opportunities and/or increasing the capacity of the drug treatment system.
Victoria’s mental health system will receive nearly $60 million in an additional boost to get more Victorians support when they need it – now and after the pandemic is over and its effects are still being felt – as we continue to work together to fight this deadly virus.