The conservative Australian government is planning a new trial program, to test welfare recipients for drug use. I work in one of the areas where this pilot program is being launched.
Positive tests will influence their payments, and recipients will be asked to engage in treatment.
This has been met with howls of criticism from medical groups and the Left, but to what extent is addiction entirely a medical problem?
There is also huge community support for this idea, illustrating another issue that appears to pit overeducated elites with a common sense mainstream.