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Shadow Attorneys-General and Police Ministers agree to consider national illicit drug code.



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Media Statement SENATOR THE HON GEORGE BRANDIS, SC Shadow Attorney-General THE HON CHRISTOPHER PYNE MP Shadow Minister for Justice and Border Protection

Shadow Attorneys-General and Police Ministers agree to consider National Illicit Drug Code

Shadow Attorneys-General and Shadow Police Ministers from around Australia meeting in Canberra today agreed in-principle to consider a proposal for a national uniform illicit drug code.

Agreement was reached during discussion of the highly disparate illicit drug laws of Australia’s State and Territory Labor Governments.

Today’s in-principle agreement will initially take the form of a discussion paper to be delivered in the next few months, which will be formally considered by the various State and Territory Oppositions.

The Shadow Attorneys-General and Shadow Police Ministers also used the meeting to discuss the various policy failures of State Labor Governments.

Items on the agenda included discussion on a proposed Bill of Rights, Illicit Drugs, the process for judicial appointments, border protection, same sex legislation, organised crime, outlaw bikie gangs and evidence law reform including double jeopardy.

Building a closer relationship between Shadow Attorneys-General and Shadow Police Ministers will mean a more cooperative and integrated approach when it comes to policy development.

The meeting today will help inform future policy development in the lead up to state and federal elections.

Attendees attached

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Media Contacts: Travis Bell (Senator Brandis) 0417 649 394 Adam Howard (Christopher Pyne) 0400 414 833

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Shadow Ministers in attendance

Mr Brendan Smyth MLA ACT Shadow Minister for Police Mr Bill Stefaniak MLA ACT Shadow Attorney-General

Mr Michael Gallacher MLC NSW Shadow Minister for Police Mr Greg Smith SC MP NSW Shadow Attorney-General & Shadow Minister for Justice

Mr Mark McArdle MP QLD Shadow Attorney-General Mr Vaughan Johnson MP QLD Shadow Minister for Police and Corrective Services Mr Jack Dempsey MP QLD Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Police and Corrective Services

Mr David Ridgway MLC SA Shadow Minister for Police Mrs Isobel Redmond MP SA Shadow Attorney-General & Shadow Minister for Justice

Mr Michael Hodgman QC MP TAS Shadow Attorney-General & Shadow Minister for Justice

Senator George Brandis SC Commonwealth Shadow Attorney-General Mr Christopher Pyne MP Commonwealth Shadow Minister for Justice and Border Protection