A NORTH Queensland Coalition MP wants the unemployed to face drug tests before they can receive the dole.
The Liberal National Party's George Christiansen, the Member for Dawson, said that if mine workers in Mackay had to submit to drug testing, so should the unemployed.
"If it's good enough for a hard-working miner, who pays taxes, to undergo a mandatory drug test, then it's good enough for the person who receives those taxes in welfare," Mr Christiansen said.
"To argue against drug testing for Newstart recipients is to foster illegal activities, while undermining the economy and the self-respect of future generations.
"If you cannot pass a drugs test to receive the dole, you are automatically ruling yourself out of employment opportunities and Newstart is about helping the unemployed into the workforce."
But the Coalition's welfare spokesman Kevin Andrews rejected the idea.
"It's not Coalition policy," Mr Andrews said.
Employment Minister Bill Shorten ridiculed the proposal.
"I thought the Liberal Party was about reducing the size of the state but evidently Mr Christensen wants to bring the state - holding a plastic cup, I might add - into the bathrooms of over one million Australians,'' he said.