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This Politician Appeared On TV In A Tearful Plea For Her Drug-Addicted Son To Come Home

"I am not talking to my son anymore. I'm now talking to a drug."

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Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has appeared on national television begging for her ice-addicted son to come home.

Senator @JacquiLambie speaks with us about her 21-year-old son's struggle with the drug ice #TheProjectTV #auspol http://t.co/zpAbKmO4cq

"My son's been moved out for two and half months because it is too hard to live with him," she said on The Project.

"The only communication I have with him is when he rings me off somebody else's mobile telephone line, which is a relief for me in one way because at least I know that he's alive."

She told the hosts that she fears for his safety, and other people's safety as well, and spoke about how she tried to get him "on the straight and narrow" volunteering in her electoral office, but that she couldn't manage it without professional help.

Peter Helliar asked Lambie what she would say to him.

"I would say to my son, please come home, please come home and admit you have a problem so I can get you the help that you need. But I need him to admit that he has a problem," she said as her eyes welled up with tears.

Earlier on Monday, the independent senator gave a moving speech about her 21-year-old son's struggle with methamphetamine, also known as ice.

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The senator was speaking about her opposition to proposed government legislation to change the Social Services Act.

If it passes the Senate, people being held in psychiatric institutions who have been charged with a serious offence would lose their welfare payments.

In Tasmania we have a massive ice problem down there.I am a senator of Australia and I have a 21-year old son that has a problem with ice, and yet even with my title I have no control over my son. I can't involuntarily detox my own son, because I am not talking to my son anymore, I'm now talking to a drug. And I can tell you, I'm not the only parent out there. There are thousands of us. Because the way this ice is affecting these kids is phenomenal and it is a very very bad result. These kids will have three or four choices in their life.They will either end up on a slab, they will end up in these mental institutions, they will end up killing somebody else because of their actions because they don't have control of the drug. And this is where this society is heading and we're sitting here and we're not doing anything about it, and once we realise that ice is a major problem in our society it will be all too late.

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Jacqui Lambie said the bill proposed by social services minister Scott Morrison would discriminate against people who are not necessarily in control of their actions.

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"It is very easy to take a populist position and vote for legislation that takes a hard line against people who are alleged to have committed terrible crimes and have serious mental illnesses," she said.

"The harder position is to oppose this legislation on the basis that it undermines basic civil rights and the chance for quicker recovery for people who are very sick."

She wants to see "mandatory detox" laws introduced to give parents the power to force children into drug rehab.

The government said the measure, which would save $30 million, is fair because the people are being looked after in the institutions and so welfare is not needed.

"Their needs would be met by the state or territory," said Liberal senator Chris Back.

"The only difference in this circumstance is that the people about whom we speak have been determined to not be able to stand trial."

Jacqui Lambie has spoken openly about her personal drug addiction in the past, and her time spent in a psychiatric ward, as well as her son's struggle with drugs from the age of 13.

Alexandra Lee is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Alex Lee at alexandra.lee@buzzfeed.com.

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