Christian Democratic Party leader MLC Rev Fred Nile has accused Greens MPs of being drug users.
Nile has challenged NSW Greens MP Lee Rhiannon to take a drug test. Nile will also take a drug test. Nile is also questioning the need for sharps disposal containers in Parliamentary toilet facilities. Rhiannon is going to take Nile’s test, despite her comment that she thinks Nile is ‘blatantly politicking.’
Rhiannon, however, gave one of my least favourite rationalisations for being forced to take a drug test:
“I’m happy to be drug and alcohol tested,” Ms Rhiannon said.
“I don’t take drugs or alcohol.“
Just because one doesn’t use drugs is no reason whatsoever to be coerced into such an egregious, politically motivated invasion of privacy. If Lee doesn’t use drugs, she’s got even more reason to refuse to be tested. I’m a bit disappointed Rhiannon cooperated, but hey, that’s politics.
The Greens’ drug policies focus on harm minimisation and evidence based medicine. Damning junkies to hell won’t keep them from contracting HIV, but needle exchanges and safe disposal are proven to reduce rates of infection- and they also protect the public and cleaning staff from infection by accidental needle sticks.
Nile’s stretch of the Greens’ evidence based medical treatment and facilites strategies into an outright accusation of Greens MPs injecting drugs in Parliament is beyond reprehensible. The Rev Nile should tender his resignation.
MORE: An eagle eyed mgk reader has leaked the results of Fred Nile’s drug test!
DRUGSCREEN PATIENT – NILE, FRED D.
RED WINE (CHURCH SACRAMENTAL TYPE) .02%BAC
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