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Thursday, 17 September 2015
Page: 7132

Senator CANAVAN (QueenslandNationals Whip in the Senate) (12:39): I, and also on behalf of Senator Williams, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the importance of education as part of the campaign to combat the dangers of 'ice' in Australian society, particularly amongst vulnerable youths, and

(ii) the success of the most recent phase of the national drugs campaign 'Ice Destroys Lives', with feedback reporting that 94 per cent of youths who saw the campaign stating they had taken some action as a result, either by talking to peers or to their parents, or by changing their thinking about 'ice', and 51 per cent of at-risk youth who had seen these advertisements saying they would now avoid using 'ice'; and

(b) condemns those who downplay the dangers of 'ice' by calling for the legalisation of a hazardous and toxic substance that destroys brain function, mental wellbeing, general health, employment, relationships, lives and families.