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Pyne says testing is not tough on drugs.



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The Hon Christopher Pyne MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing

November 2004 CP002/04

Pyne says testing is not tough on drugs

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, Christopher Pyne, expressed his alarm at the Australian Drug Foundations’ proposed testing of illicit drugs at clubs and rave parties.

Responding to the media reports that some state governments were considering allowing the Australian Drug Foundation to conduct these tests, Mr Pyne felt that this proposal would encourage drug use and foster a false sense of security amongst drug users.

“It is of great concern that the Australian Drug Foundation want to conduct these drug tests. These are illegal drugs. They are not safe for consumption in any context, the proposal sends entirely the wrong message,” Mr Pyne said.

“The Australian Government has a ‘Tough on Drugs’ approach to the use of illicit drugs. Allowing drug testing at raves and clubs makes a mockery of ‘Tough on Drugs’. It’s like saying so long as the right ingredients are in them it is okay to take

them.”

“You can’t make drugs less harmful by testing them. They are harmful, and they are illegal.”

Mr Pyne said he would raise the issue with state health and police ministers at the meeting of the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy in Brisbane on Friday.