Drug testing welfare recipients raises questions about data profiling and discrimination

The Conversation, 12 May 2017
Author: Bronwen Dalton
“The Australian government’s proposed random drug test trial for welfare recipients is not so random. Announced as part of the 2017 federal budget, Treasurer wants 5,000 people on Newstart or Youth Allowance in three locations to undergo random drug testing from January next year. If drugs are detected, the user could find their welfare quarantined. But rather than doing people “a big favour” such data-based programs often disproportionately target those of low socio-economic status. The use of data tools to profile people seeking help only adds to the problem.”
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