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Australia to Start Drug Testing For Welfare Payments

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Drug testing for welfare payments is slated to begin in Australia next year as part of their new budget.

7 News Australia reports 5000 recipients in the Newstart and Youth Allowance programs will be included in the two-year trial of drug testing to take place in three regions of the country.

Program recipients will be selected at random and tested for drugs including ecstasy, ice and marijuana.

The government is also cracking down on welfare recipients who fail to turn up to appointments or to take on work  - they could face losing their payments completely.

“We will no longer accept, as an excuse from repeat offenders, that the reason they could not meet their mutual obligation requirements was because they were drunk or drug-affected,” Treasurer Scott Morrison said.

For the complete News 7 article click here.

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