Channel 9, when not hosting Liberal fundraisers, are one of the nation’s top investigative units. Take “A Current Affair”. More than twenty years after they found the Paxton family and managed to portray them to the nation as work-shy bludgers, they’ve found another candidate for the public pillory.
The promo for tomorrow’s episode tells us: “HE’S UNEMPLOYED, 30, ON WELFARE AND HE SPENDS IT ON DRUGS!”
After this guy, Adrian, tells us that he spends his money on other things like tobacco, rent and food first and drugs second (let’s not get pendatic about tobacco being a drug), we’re told that this is the bloke that ScoMo has in his sights. I presume that this will be explained in the episode as meaning that rather than being simply one individual, he represents the sort of person that the drug testing and Indue card are aimed at, and we can safely presume that our PM hasn’t turned into a sniper. The promo then has the guy answer the question about losing his welfare by telling us that if that happened he’d start working again. Yes, the best form of welfare is a job and I can just see employers lining up to give this guy a chance once they hear that he’s back on the market now that he can no longer afford to buy drugs… Or to eat.
So, you see, Scott Morrison is on the right track. It’s only because we give this guy money that he’s on drugs and not working. Take away the money and hey presto, he’ll get himself a job. This guy has just been scamming us for years. What a clever bastard!
Although it does seem that there is a little flaw in his genius. Now, I’m no expert at fraud but it does strike me that it’s sort of giving the game away to go on national television and confess to your sins unless you are actually planning to do a complete mea culpa. Whatever, he can be the first to benefit from Morrison’s “compassionate conservative” agenda. After all, he’s told us that he’s on drugs so he’s saved the authorities the time, trouble and expense of drug testing him. He can go straight to the rehab that’s been promised for people in his position.
Of course, some of you may think that this would put him in the same category as those boat people. It would make him a “queue jumper”. I mean why should he get help in front of all those people who’ve had to patiently wait for it. That would be unfair and maybe we should use him to set an example. Perhaps he should be jailed for his drug use or better yet, we could send him to off-shore detention centre indefinitely and that should give him a chance to clean up his act.
At the very least he should lose his dole payment. We should all write to our local member demanding that this man is ostracised and forced to find work, even if he has to move to wherever our Deputy PM says people should move to, in order to do that. I’m not sure where that is, but Mr McCormack seemed to think that there were places.
Yes, he’s taken an enormous risk to expose his recalcitrant behaviour. One wonders why he’d do such a thing. I mean, it’s not like he’d have been paid for the interview or anything. No, he would have done it out of a sense of community responsibility, just like Channel 9 did when they ran that fundraiser!
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