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Tuesday, 12 May 1970


Mr MacKELLAR (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister for Customs and Excise aware of a recent report in a newspaper in which a social worker in Melbourne when addressing Melbourne University students is alleged to have said that 'drug abuse in this country is sensationally enlarged but in fact is not enough to worry about'? He is also alleged to have said that Australians must accept drug taking by young people just as they had learned to accept alcoholism and that educating young people against taking drugs would probably have more harmful effects than helpful ones. Does the Minister have any comparative figures which could indicate the growth and extent of drug taking in Australia? Does he agree that any drug taking by young people must be accepted? ls he aware of any evidence to suggest that educating young people against taking drugs is more harmful than helpful?







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