I have been a little overwhelmed by the massive push for syringes to be available inside our Human Rights Prison – the Hume Hilton. I keep seeing in the media that it’s going to happen – Stanhope, Corbell, Gallagher, Bresnan and even the Editor of the Canberra Times are for it – and they all have a very loud voice in this issue. But what about the guards who work there – don’t they have a voice too?
I have a friend who works at the Hilton and he tells me that EVERYONE is against this proposed syringe program, buttheir hands are tied and they can’t go to the media to have their say. He tells me that even their union – the CPSU – are adopting a wait and see approach before they start even consider putting their case forward for not having syringes in the place.
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Speaking over a few beers last Sunday afternoon I played Devils Advocate with my mate and spoke about how a syringe program would stop all the horible diseases from spreading and making the world a better place – the same argument that the do-gooders are using. He told me that all the guests at the Hilton are tested for diseases BEFORE they mix with the other guests and that NO-ONE has received any kind of blood-borne disease within the walls of the Hilton (the one case that was recorded, the one that all the advocates are hanging their hats on, was a false reading).
My mate then asked me a couple of questions. He asked me “Who would be responsible if one of our finest died from a drug overdose inside the Hilton – Stanhope? No. Corbell? No. Gallagher? No. Maybe Bresnan? No.”
“The responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of the guards. Can you believe that? The guards will be responsible for a junkie taking an ILLEGAL substance with an implement issued by the Government that was not wanted by the guards in the first place!!!”
My mate then asked me how guests, or their visitors, could be charged for bringing illicit and illegal substances into the Hilton when the Government were providing drug taking implements to the guests? Answer – You won’t be able to charge them or enforce any law.
Anyway, I’m interested in what the rest of you have to say in regards to this issue.