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Friday, January 20, 2006

The Barn - Tasmanian short film premiere - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

The Barn - Tasmanian short film premiere - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Tasmanian Greens Leader and Deputy Premier Pretender Peg Putt must immediately confirm that she will dump the Green’s 2002 soft on drugs policy.

Labor Member for Denison Graeme Sturges said that at the 2002 State Election, the Greens promised to license ‘manufacturers, suppliers and possibly users' and ‘decriminalise personal drug use'.

“The Green’s 2002 drugs policy would legalise drugs such as cannabis and heroin.

“It basically amounts to a drugs free for all.

“With a State election due this year the people of Tasmania deserve to know whether Ms Putt and the Greens still propose to legalise hard drugs and encourage young Tasmanians into the drug culture.

Mr Sturges said that in addition to encouraging young Tasmanians to take up a life of drugs, the Green’s drugs policy would severely damage law and order.

“If the Greens ever got to implement their drugs policy, Tasmania would become a haven for every criminal drug pusher in Australia.

Mr Sturges said that unlike the Greens the Lennon Labor Government is taking practical steps to tackle the problem of illegal drugs.

“The State Labor Government has introduced roadside drug testing, the Drug Strategy and amended the Misuse of Drugs Act, which targets traffickers as well as recruiting an extra 48 police officers all in the past 12 months.

“As a result Tasmania’s problem with drugs is significantly less than those of any other state.”

Mr Sturges said that just last week Ms Putt started preening to be Deputy Premier.

“No reasonable person who would aspire to be the Deputy Leader of our State could possibly endorse a drugs policy which would be so damaging to our community.

“I call on Ms Putt to immediately dump the Green’s 2002 soft on drugs policy.” Mr Sturges said.

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