Malarndirri McCarthy: Senate Estimates question on using hair to test for drug use on the CDC

Malarndirri McCarthy: Senate Estimates question on using hair to test for drug use on the CDC


In relation to hair samples will they be
plucked or cut? Again this will be the type of detail that once we have the
legislation or sorry if the legislation is passed through Parliament there will
be a process associated with procuring a drug testing provider and as part of
that process these details will be clarified OK but where would
they be plucked from the head? Senator I just said that these details. But you must have
some idea if you’re looking at you know introducing a trial to five thousand
Australians there must have been consideration given to this, I mean will
they be plucked will here be plucked from the head? What if the person’s bald? I think, as Mr. Bennett said, we will take these things into consideration
through the procurement process which actually is being undertaken by Services Australia So you’re considering that? that the testing of hair follicle
if someone has hair doesn’t have hair where would they get it from if it’s not
from their head — is that the sort of consideration that’s being done? But they
must discuss that with you I mean this is a serious piece of legislation that
the government wants to take through to the Parliament surely this kind of
consideration about the testing Senator McCarthy, as I was mentioning before, the
process by which these tests will occur are very much in line with the practice
that exists in currently in the workplace for the 3.5 million Australians Ok so you’re able to then tell me Minister if you don’t take hair follicle from the head where else would you take
it? What if someone’s a Muslim and they were and they wear a headband have you
thought of those things? Are these sorts of cultural sensitivities been
taken into place? but of course the design of anything that we do will need to be
culturally sensitive it will need to be appropriate for the individual so you
know I think one of the things that we will immediately seek to do should we
get the passage of legislation through the Senate which of course that’s still
yet to happen that then the next process would be – to undertake another
or more detailed consultation across a whole lot of areas to make sure that
what is eventually rolled out is appropriate but Minister your department
is not giving any confidence around the consideration that should be given to
this even before the piece of legislation goes through the Senate or
is debated in the Senate and I think it’s important to hear from the
department as to what kind of preparation or evidence they’ve received
in relation to to those areas of testing

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