BY Jane Norman
The Senate is debating legislation that would strip welfare payments from people who have been charged with a serious offence and are being held in psychiatric confinement.
Senator Lambie said she would take the “hard road” and oppose the legislation, telling the Government to think “more broadly” about mental health and drug addiction.
Watch the Senator’s moving speech here:
“I am a senator of Australia and I have a 21-year-old son that has a problem with ice, and yet even with my title I have no control over my son,” she told the Chamber.
“I can’t involuntarily detox my own son, because I am not talking to my son anymore, I’m talking to a drug.
“And I can tell you, I’m not the only parent out there. There is [sic] thousands of us.”
According to the senator the people who would be affected by the legislation were in a special category because they were not in control of their actions.