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Monday, January 02, 2006

Liberal’s snake oil drug solution - David Llewellyn, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Liberal’s snake oil drug solution - David Llewellyn, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

The Tasmanian Liberal’s policy on illicit drugs cannot be taken seriously.

Deputy Premier Mr David Llewellyn said today the first problem with the Liberal’s drugs policy is that it is unfunded.

“The Liberals have committed $800 million in election promises already, but are unable to explain to the Tasmanian people how they will pay for their promises,” Mr Llewellyn said.

“Any promise that is unpaid for is no promise at all and the Liberal’s drug policy is just another policy they can’t pay for.

“The Liberal’s drugs policy is just a snake oil solution aimed at getting a headline.

“But unlike the Liberals who see the drug issue as a cheap way to get publicity, the Lennon Labor Government is taking practical steps to tackle the problem.

“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.

“For the Tasmanian Liberals to suggest Tasmania has a rate of illicit drug use higher than the national average is just myth making.

“All authorities know Tasmania’s problem with drugs is significantly less than those of any other state.”

Mr Llewellyn said the Liberal’s proposal for a separate dob-in-a-dealer telephone service could be counter productive.

“Tasmania already has a highly regarded Crime Stoppers scheme with a widely publicised number.

“It takes calls about all crimes including drug abuse and manufacturing, so to bring in another discreet number for reporting drugs would be an inefficient duplication with a strong potential to confuse the public.”

“Tasmania Police operates in this area according to intelligence received and there’s nothing to suggest there’s been any significant increase in drug activity through any of the State’s entry points.

“If the Liberals were serious about getting tough on drugs, they would support the actions of the State Labor Government and Tasmania Police instead of making empty promises about such an important issue.”

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