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Jacqui Lambie's son to enter the Hard Yakka program

SUPPORTER: Hard Yakka’s Bob Davis with Sen Jacqui Lambie who supports the project.
SUPPORTER: Hard Yakka’s Bob Davis with Sen Jacqui Lambie who supports the project. Contributed

SENATOR Jacqui Lambie opened up about her son's addiction to the Fraser Coast Chronicle in June when she spoke at the Hard Yakka forum at Susan River.

Ms Lambie spoke about her son's addiction in Parliament on Monday.

Here's how we reported it on June 12

CAUGHT in the spiralling crisis of drugs, the youngest son of Senator Jacqui Lambie will be sent to Bob Davis's Hard Yakka program in an attempt to get his life back on track.

Speaking to a crowd of Hard Yakka supporters at a meeting on Wednesday night, Ms Lambie said Mr Davis had the best youth program in Australia to deal with the nation's drug problem.

In pushing for the program to receive national funding, Ms Lambie touched on her family's own problems with drugs.

"My youngest son has also struggled with addictions since he was 13," she said.

"He needs self-confidence and self-esteem back."

Sen Lambie will send her son to Susan River in the coming months with the belief that Mr Davis is the best man with the best program to get his life back on track.

In welcoming the senator's proposition, Mr Davis said: "She's had a hard time with him and he's going through the ice situation.

"He's really working hard to fix things up and she's a good mum, she hasn't given up on him. He just needs a bit of self-confidence."

About 60 people visited the Susan River Homestead on Wednesday night to show their support to Mr Davis and his program.

Police, councillors and rehabilitated children were among the crowd to show their support.

In one of the most poignant moments of the night, the room fell silent when Mr Davis was asked whether he would have the energy to rebuild the program if the State Government pulled their funding.

After several breaths Mr Davis told the meeting, "Bloody oath I will". The response received a deserved round of applause.

Ms Lambie also garnered a positive response after outlining her plans to take the Fraser Coast program nationwide.

"If that means I've got to do deals to make sure this is fully funded now and into the future then I'll be doing that," she said.

"I want this to grow bigger, I want it open to all kids in Australia and I'm going to do whatever it takes to make sure it happens."

Sen Lambie also found the work by the present Queensland Government to be "very disappointing".

"I'm in disarray to see that lack of support coming from the Queensland Government," she said.

"Obviously they haven't been up here, they haven't spent a day up here."

A spokesman for Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said the funding was being independently reviewed by consultants KPMG.

Topics:  addiction boot camp drugs hard yakka



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