Illegal drug users to lose disability status

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Illegal drug users to lose disability status

It would therefore be legal to discriminate on this basis. However, employees taking prescription drugs or on a methadone programme would still be considered disabled. The Prime Minister made this announcement on Monday 3 November 2003. 

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The Federal Government has announced its intention to amend the Disability Discrimination Act to remove addiction to illegal drugs from disabilities covered by federal discrimination law.

It would therefore be legal to discriminate on this basis. However, employees taking prescription drugs or on a methadone programme would still be considered disabled. The Prime Minister made this announcement on Monday 3 November 2003. 

The move is in response to a decision of the Federal Court three years ago, which suggested that illicit drug addiction was a disability. NSW passed legislation in 2002 (see related story, NSW drug addiction bill passed with a Greens touch)  to remove addiction to illegal drugs from the list of disabilities, but only in relation to employment.

The Prime Minister’s announcement will widen the coverage in the federal sphere to other areas such as provision of services and accommodation.

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