John Howard has announced he is going to quarantine welfare payments for people convicted of drug offenses. The most interesting part of the announcement was: “It’s not right that people should have control of taxpayer money when they have been convicted of such offences,” he said. “This will mean that they will not be able to spend the money on those sorts of drugs, or indeed, for that matter, on alcohol and tobacco.” Oh? I didn’t realize alcohol and tobacco were illegal drugs and a drug conviction somehow made purchasing them a crime - even if it’s ‘welfare’ dollars they are bought with. This is particularly awful with regard to heroin addicts - a lot of whom use tobacco to help them self-medicate in combination with Bup or Methadone. Another example of why zero tolerance is such a joke - the players have zero idea of the impact of their actions and their motivations are purely political.