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S t a t e m e n t by t h e M i n i s t e r f o r Customs and E x c i s e

( S e n a t o r t h e Ho n . Ken A n d e r s o n )

The M i n i s t e r f o r Customs and E x c i s e ( S e n a t o r t h e

Hon. Ken A n d e r s o n ) s a i d t o d a y t h a t S t a t u t o r y R u l e s No. 114

o f 1967 a s n o t i f i e d i n t o d a y ’ s Commonwealth G a z e t t e amend

t h e Customs ( P r o h i b i t e d I m p o r t s ) R e g u l a t i o n s .

T h es e am e n d m e n ts, S e n a t o r A n d e rso n s a i d , impose

i m p o r t c o n t r o l s on t h e f o l l o w i n g g o o d s :

( a ) t h e h a l l u c i n o g e n i c d r u g s b u f o t e n i n e and

d i m e t h y l t r y p t a m i n e ;

( b ) l y s e r g i c a c i d - a p r o d u c t w h i c h c a n be

r e a d i l y c o n v e r t e d i n t o t h e h a l l u c i n o g e n i c

d r u g LSD;

( c ) p r e p a r a t i o n s w h i c h c o n t a i n b u f o t e n i n e ,

d i m e t h y l t r y p t a m i n e , l y s e r g i c a c i d o r any

o t h e r h a l l u c i n o g e n i c d r u g s p e c i f i e d i n t h e

F o u r t h S c h e d u l e t o t h e Customs ( P r o h i b i t e d

I m p o r t s ) R e g u l a t i o n s . ■

T h es e i m p o r t c o n t r o l s , t h e M i n i s t e r s a i d , w ere

a d d i t i o n a l and c o m p l e m e n t a r y t o s t e p s he h ad t a k e n l a s t y e a r

t o b r i n g LSD and o t h e r h a l l u c i n o g e n i c s w i t h i n t h e s c o p e o f

t h e Customs ( P r o h i b i t e d I m p o r t s ) R e g u l a t i o n s .

I m p o r t c o n t r o l s on h a l l u c i n o g e n i c s u b s t a n c e s w ere

b a s e d on r e c o m m e n d a t i o n s o f t h e World H e a l t h O r g a n i s a t i o n , w h i c h

was g r a v e l y c o n c e r n e d w i t h t h e i r i n c r e a s i n g a b u s e i n many

c o u n t r i e s , and on a r e c e n t r e s o l u t i o n o f t h e Economic and

. . . . / 2 .

S o c i a l C o u n c i l o f t h e U n i t e d N a t i o n s . I n t h i s r e s o l u t i o n t h e

C o u n c i l h ad e x p r e s s e d d e ep c o n c e r n r e g a r d i n g a b u s e o f t h e s e

s u b s t a n c e s a nd c o n s e q u e n t e f f e c t s on t h e h e a l t h and s a f e t y

o f i n d i v i d u a l s and s o c i e t y . The C o u n c i l had u r g e d

Gov ern m en ts t o t a k e a c t i o n t o c o n t r o l h a l l u c i n o g e n i c

s u b s t a n c e s and -to c o n f i n e t h e i r u s e t o r e s e a r c h and m e d i c a l

p u r p o s e s . ”

The G o v e rn m e n t, S e n a t o r A n d e rso n s a i d , would a s

t h e o c c a s i o n a r o s e , t a k e a n y f u r t h e r a c t i o n n e c e s s a r y t o

comply w i t h t h e U n i t e d N a t i o n s r e s o l u t i o n .

C a n b e r r a , A.C.T .

3 1 s t A u g u s t , 1967 5?