Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has made a short personal statement to the Australian Senate regarding the intervention of a reporter in her Ice addicted son’s rehabilitation.
Senator Lambie official statement is as follows: -
“Mr President, Today I referred journalist Stephen Drill to the Press Council of Australia for investigation after he interviewed and posted a video of my son for the Herald Sun and other Murdoch media websites.
Mr President, unlike Mr Drill, my purpose in publically disclosing controversial personal information about my son - was to protect and persuade him to voluntarily accept ice detox and drug rehabilitation, because we don’t have involuntary detox in the country.
It was a risk, however I felt I had no other option open to me, because he was in grave danger.
And Mr President, it worked. Early last week my son contacted me – and agreed to treatment – which I immediately organised - with the help of a Barrister and staff of Teen Challenge - a national organization that specializes in drug rehab.
Everything was going smoothly until Mr Drill contacted my son and interviewed him last Friday. When Mr Drill conducted his interview, my son was vulnerable, drug affected, with diminished capacity and part of an official drug rehab program – having signed a Teen Challenge document two days earlier.
As part of this Press Council investigation, I would like Mr. Drill to explain why, after his interview - my son chose to leave home again and stop his rehabilitation process? Mr President, there may be other journalists who are tempted to copy Mr Drill and use the public interest excuse, to chase my son for an interview.
My message is simple. Interview him by all means, but only after he is rehabilitated and back in control of his actions and thoughts. I’ll deal with the criticism that I’m a bad parent and a worse politician then.
Because if you chase him - or any other ICE addict at this stage of their rehabilitation… you are endangering their recovery… and acting as a mouth-piece for a dangerous drug that will do anything, say anything - in order to be fed and nourished.
Mr President – Bottom line is, my son would have been in rehab today, if Mr Drill had not contacted him.”
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