The Courier-Mail

MY SON THE ICE ADDICT

Lambie opens up on family drug struggle

- JESSICA MARSZALEK

THE tragedy of ice has reached federal Parliament, with Independen­t senator Jacqui Lambie revealing her 21-year-old son’s battle with the drug.

The outspoken politician made the admission in the Senate yesterday and later took to television in a public and emotional plea to her son to come home.

She said she lived in constant fear of a visit from police to inform her that he was either dead or had killed someone else in a violent ice-addled rage.

A tearful Senator Lambie said she desperatel­y wanted to get around-theclock intensive treatment for her son, who she was forced to expel from home two months ago because of safety concerns.

“I’m a Senator of Australia and I have a 21-yearold son that has a problem with ice,” she said in Parliament.

The Tasmanian Independen­t said parents should have more powers to be able to force detox on their children.

“I can no longer sit back and not talk about this because it’s affecting so many mums and dads out there and we are bloody well pulling our hair out,” she told Channel 10’s The Pro- ject which she used to speak directly to her son: “Please come home. Please come home and admit you have a problem so I can get you the help you need.”

She said she decided to speak out because she was without options, as she called for greater powers for parents to force drugaffect­ed children into detox.

Senator Lambie revealed her family’s plight while opposing Government moves to stop welfare payments for criminals in psychiatri­c care who have been charged with a serious offence.

“It’s very easy to take a populist position and vote for legislatio­n which takes a hard line against people who are alleged to have committed terrible crimes and have serious mental illnesses,” she told the Senate. “I’m going to ... vote against the Government legislatio­n.”

She has previously admitted to her own struggles with substance abuse.

I’M A SENATOR ... I HAVE A SON THAT HAS A PROBLEM WITH ICE

Jacqui Lambie

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