POLL: Federal government considering drug tests for welfare recipients

TOUGH NEW STANCE?: Tony Abbott is reportedly considering introducing mandatory drug tests for people on unemployment benefits.

TOUGH NEW STANCE?: Tony Abbott is reportedly considering introducing mandatory drug tests for people on unemployment benefits.

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott is reportedly considering implementing drug tests for people on unemployment payments.

The system is used in New Zealand, where people who either fail or refuse to take a drug test are stripped of half of their welfare payments.

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has been quotes as saying "we won't rule this in or out."

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