Abbott’s ICE Taskforce Destined for Failure
TONY ABBOTT has today established a new Federal Police Task Force “Operation ICE Hysteria” to tackle the so-called “ice epidemic” that threatens to destroy the very thin fabric that tenuously holds this fragile society together.
Neglecting to tackle the societal precursors that tend to lead to drug use (poverty, unemployment, social isolation), Mr Abbott instead held a press conference to express his disgust at the level of illicit drug use prevalent in Australia today.
“As a citizen and as a parent I am appalled at what is happening on our streets and in our homes,” he said.
It’s also making people less photogenic he said.
“The propensity for violence, the propensity to subsequent very serious mental illness, the propensity to disfigurement which ice produces means that this is a drug epidemic way beyond anything that we have seen before. And the last thing we need is more ugly people on the streets,” he said.
Although drug addiction is widely regarded as a mental health issue, the Prime Minister decided against allocating any funds or resources towards Australia’s struggling mental health frontline services, instead opting for a greater investment in police services that are focused on prosecuting dealers and users, because, well, that whole “war on drugs” thing has worked so well in the past.