This isn’t really about getting people off drugs. It’s about kicking people off payments.
You can’t punish someone for being on drugs if they don’t have the help available to get them off it. We have to get the services in place to help people.
The government hasn’t done its due diligence here. It’s put the cart before the horse. We have bugger all in place to help people with mental health let alone drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
The fact the government wants to throw drug tests at everybody but themselves shows plain as day what the real agenda is. It’s one rule for them, one for everyone else. They don’t want a breathalyser at the chamber doors after those long dinner breaks where half of them get on the sauce.
Bottom line is I’m not going to punish people for seeking help and not getting it, because we’re not making it available to them. We can’t cut off a drug addict who’s done the right thing in seeking treatment only to be told they have to wait 12 months for a rehab bed.
They say taxpayers don’t want their money going to drug dealers. What, are they going to test every ABC journo? Every pensioner? Every war veteran? Every school teacher? Let’s get real. This isn’t about who is getting tax dollars, it’s about who’s easy to take them from.
So if this isn’t about respecting taxpayers, then let’s get real and make it about getting people off drugs full stop. You can’t punish someone into going clean.
If the government wants my vote on drug testing, it’s time for them to step up and put comprehensive mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in place.
They need to show that they are interested in more than punishing people who are on welfare.
If you kick a drug addict off payments, they don’t magically get better.
They just become a junkie with a habit to service and no money to service it with. So what you end up seeing is more cars being broken into, more TVs being flogged at Cash Converters, more prostitution, more crime, more cost and no fewer drug addicts.
Making an addict more desperate doesn’t make them more healthy.
My message to the government is simple: fix the support services and you’ll get my support too. Until then, get off your high horse and get back to work.