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Wednesday, 8 December 2004
Page: 13

Senator BROWN (10:10 AM) —Could the minister inform the committee as to why Australia, with a population only slightly larger than that of the Netherlands, nevertheless has had a drug death toll of between 300 and 1,000 per annum—mainly young people—over each of the last 10 years, whereas the Netherlands has never had a death toll as high as 300? The drug death toll in the Netherlands has always been below 300 in the last 10 years. What is it that the Netherlands is doing that is saving hundreds of lives in that country which Australia is not doing and which is not saving hundreds of lives in this country?