Drug testing welfare recipients could lead to more crime, mayor says

'The city’s Labor mayor, Khal Asfour, said the council believed the drug testing proposal was overly “punitive” and would “perpetuate issues of marginalisation, mental health disease, and ultimately harm to our local community”.'

'The chief executive, John Falzon, said it was his organisation’s “very strong view” that drug testing welfare recipients would simply punish the most vulnerable, driving them further underground, away from support services and the welfare system.'

Christopher Knaus reports for Guardian Australia

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