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Thursday, 30 May 1996
Page: 1377


Senator SPINDLER —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

   (i)   in 1951, Australia had the world's highest per capita consumption of heroin, at 5.25 kg per million people, and

   (ii)   in the 1958 annual report submitted by the State of Queensland to the Commonwealth, the Queensland Director General of Health wrote that `all addicts receive their supplies from licit sources . . . and as a consequence, control presents no difficulties';

(b)   notes that in 1995, following an extended period of prohibition of heroin:

   (i)   young Australians were dying in their hundreds,

   (ii)   the Australian Institute of Criminology estimated that the annual cost of enforcing illegal drug use was about $400 million,

   (iii)   a report into the police corruption in Queensland found that `. . . drugs have caused more incursions into the civil liberties of ordinary people, more corruption and more interference than almost anything else', and

   (iv)   organised drug-related crime now presents a serious threat to the rule of law in this country; and

(c)   calls on Victorian parliamentarians, as they consider the recommendations of the Premier's Drug Advisory Council's report, to reflect upon the fact that prohibition as a means of regulating the supply of drugs in this country has been a failure.