Man refuses to apologise for spending taxpayer money on pot, ice
A welfare recipient has refused to apologise for spending taxpayers' money on ice and marijuana, telling A Current Affair, "I could say 'I'm sorry' but it wouldn't mean anything because tomorrow I'm just going to get out and get my drugs."
Adrian receives the Disability Support Pension and rent assistance and says he pockets more than $2000 a month from the government.
"I'm allowed to work part-time on my pension, but it's hard to find a job. I don't do anything. I'm a bum, I'm like the most useless bum in Australia," he said.
He says he'd be best suited to a "s--- kicker" job, like a furniture removalist.
"Something easy going where I can just put a bunch of boxes in the back of a truck," he said.
The 30-year-old admitted to A Current Affair he uses ice once a week and "dope" every day.
"I can't say I'm proud of it but I can say I do it," he said.
"I always make sure I've got tobacco, rent and food first. Then I buy my drugs. It works, trust me. It does work. You can budget for anything as long as you budget properly."
In Victoria, possessing methamphetamine comes with a maximum penalty of one year in prison but Adrian says he's not afraid of police action following his appearance on A Current Affair.
"Even if police came and charged me for what they saw on TV, I don't really care, I'm willing to cop that on the chin," he said.
He admits he could take better care of his partially taxpayer-funded apartment in Frankston's Ambassador Hotel.
"Everyone keeps treating me like a pig because I sleep in this. Honestly, I could pay anyone around her $20 and they'd clean it up for me. I could clean it up myself in five minutes but I'm a king, I don't need to."
Adrian's blatant misuse of taxpayer funds has angered many, including disabled Queensland man Brodie Wealleans.
"(Adrian's) extremely lucky. I don't know how he got the pension," he told A Current Affair.
Brodie has had 10 surgeries in 10 years, lives with chronic pain, is partially deaf and has recently had his leg amputated as a result of type one diabetes.
The 32-year-old wants to work but his health problems have made it close to impossible.
Despite this, the government has knocked back his pleas for a Disability Support Pension.
"I wish (Adrian) could trade places with me and know what it's like to have a disability and be stuck in a wheelchair everyday," he said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison told A Current Affair that Adrian is "disrespecting his fellow Australians."
"He (Adrian) knows drugs are holding him back. Welfare has to be fair to those who receive it but it also has to be fair to those who pay for it, which is the taxpayer," he said.
"The taxpayer I don't think has ultimately any issues with ensuring that we help those who really need it, but they don't want to be taken for mugs."
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