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Health Minister's sick call on synthetic drugs
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HEALTH MINISTER’S SICK CALL ON SYNTHETIC DRUGS
THE COMMONWEALTH HAS THE CONSTITUTIONAL POWER AND AUTHORITY TO TAKE A LEADERSHIP ROLE TO OUTLAW SYNTHETIC DRUGS
Independent Senator for South Australia Nick Xenophon has condemned Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek for saying the banning of synthetic drugs is a State matter.
"The Federal Health Minister is not only abdicating the leadership role the Commonwealth must play in this, she is also contradicting the Assistant Treasurer who says a Federal ban is possible through the ACCC," Nick said.
"For the Health Minister to say this is for the States to sort out ignores the Constitutional powers to outlaw these drugs including corporation, telecommunications, therapeutic goods and customs powers."
Presently there is a temporary State ban imposed by NSW which follows the death of 17-year-old Henry Kwan last week, when he jumped from a balcony when suffering from a synthetic drug-induced psychosis.
"The fact that the NSW Minister for Fair Trading says the ban can only be temporary without the Federal Government being involved cries out for Federal Government action," Nick said.
"When it comes to synthetic drugs, the Federal Minister needs a reality check."
Senator Xenophon will move a resolution in the Senate next week calling on the Government to act and if that fails to prompt any Government action, he will have legislation drafted to close the loophole.