Why do governments bury their heads in the sand?

I originally set this blog up to address insurance questions but more and more I seem to be questioning the attitude and lack of leadership of governments on a wide range of issues.

The fact is that as the insurance industry is there to pick up the financial effects of loss, injury and disruption, then what governments do and do not do effects insurance and those that purchase the protection.

The latest issue that has me shaking my head is the decision of the Tasmanian and Northern Territorial governments allowing water treatment departments and/or companies not to participate in the collection of wastewater samples.

Why is this important? The samples taken provide information on drug use. Drug use effects our economy and those that live in this country in a wide range of ways from increased car accidents, burglary and other similar crime rates, work place injuries etc.

While the Program is intended to provide a national picture of drug use, regrettably, during the period covered by the latest report the operators of wastewater facilities in Tasmania and the Northern Territory declined to participate in the collection of wastewater samples.

Who are they kidding by burying their head in the sand. You cannot improve something that you do not measure. It really is a disgrace.

What we do know, from the latest report, is that Perth has finally shaken its tag of Australia’s methamphetamine capital, with a report showing that Adelaide residents are now bigger consumers of the drug.

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (“ACIC”)’s findings were based on tests in October and December’16, and February’17 at wastewater treatment plants, which showed Perth residents consumed about 40 doses of the drug for every 1000 people each day, just above the capital city average of 37 doses a day.

Adelaide recorded about 60 doses a day — or more than 1½ times the national average. The Perth figure had almost halved since October last year when the consumption rate peaked at almost 80 doses a day, the highest for any capital city.

The ACIC’s report showed that meth remained the most widely abused illicit drug in the country, but use had been falling.

As the ACIC stated about Tasmania and Northern Territories decision to opt out of the wastewater sample collections: “This is disappointing as it limits our understanding of trends and emerging issues in those jurisdictions and the ability to compare current findings with those published in the first report.

On top of our appalling investment in risk mitigation, the withdrawal of funds to the national anti-theft task force by Victoria and the ongoing stuff up by NSW on Emergency Services Funding, we clearly need a change of direction at all levels of government for the good of society and our economy.

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