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$16 million welcome in fight against WA drug problem.



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Senator Brian Greig Senator for Western Australia Australian Democrats spokesperson for Attorney Generals

Press Release Dated: 4 Dec 2000

Press Release Number: 00/735

Portfolio: Attorney Generals Related: Justice

$16 million Welcome in Fight Against WA Drug Problem The Australian Democrats welcome the Attorney General’s announcement of a $16 million commitment towards diversionary programs for first-time and minor drug offenders in Western Australia, and congratulate the government for finally treating the drug problem as a health and social issue instead of a criminal matter.

Democrats Law and Justice spokesperson, Senator Brian Greig, says the funds should be put to good use keeping minor offenders out of the judicial system and into education and treatment programs.

“The drug problem cannot be solved by choking up the Court system and throwing young people into prison,” Senator Greig said.

“The Democrats have long advocated treatment, rehabilitation, education and harm minimisation strategies for drug law reform.

“Until now, drug laws have relied upon prohibition policies and the ‘just say no’ approach, with approximately 86 per cent of funding being spent on policing.

“Penalties for illicit drug use should reflect the severity of harm caused by those drugs with persistent and violent offenders and those dealing in drugs being dealt with appropriately through the judicial system.

“But illicit drug users are people; they are someone’s son, daughter, sister, brother, father or mother. People addicted to drugs have a health problem which must be confronted,” Senator Greig said.

“Addressing the health and social issues surrounding illicit drug use will limit the nuisance and criminality caused by addicts and the diversion of young, first-time offenders away from the judicial system and into treatment programs will save them from becoming more serious addicts.

 

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