Stimulus package for stimulants?

Thanks to CoolCol for alerting me to this piece in today’s Australian. No-one who isn’t in Graham’s position can deny or criticise his comments and, no doubt, his fears are spot on – there will be an increased burden on service providers like Wayside, and there may even be tragic consequences for some of the most vulnerable of our fellow citizens ‘on the streets’. I can’t help but feel, though, that his accurate warning cannot be addressed by criticising the ‘stimulus package’ per se, especially when one considers all the pensioners and carers out there who are being tossed about right now.

Spare a thought for those who are most vulnerable and exposed to the distresses being provoked by greed across the board…

PS: after the fact, Graham publicly apologised for this piece, noting that his dire predictions were completely wrong.

THE head of Sydney charity the Wayside Chapel believes December 8 will be a red letter day for drug dealers as a portion of the Government’s $10.4 billion economic stimulus is spent on illegal drugs and alcohol.

The Wayside Chapel’s Graham Long, who anticipates some people will spend most of their Government bonus on alcohol, says he is bracing for some “king-sized headaches” after the money is paid out on December 8.

“I don’t know the best way to achieve the desired outcomes in this exercise, but I can tell you that this is going to be a red letter day for drug dealers,” he said.

“At Wayside, we will be bracing ourselves for some king-sized headaches in the week after Santa Kevin visits.”

Mr Long said a discussion on the moral aspects of the economic stimulus package was needed.

“It’s just (been presented in terms of) put the money into the system and make the money move,” Mr Long said.

“If you give an addict a pile of money, what do you think is going to happen to it?” he said.


~ by Garry on October 29, 2008.

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