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Election Survey - Commonwealth of Australia 2016 - Q4

Q4 - Illicit drugs

Harm minimisation has been one of the key principles of Australia’s drug strategy since 1985. Harm minimisation measures include needle and syringe exchanges, injecting rooms, heroin prescription, methadone substitution, liberal cannabis laws and drug testing kits. This strategy has largely failed.  By contrast, Sweden has shown that “drug free” policies can dramatically reduce the use of illicit drugs.

Would you support the replacement of the current focus of the National Drug Strategy on so-called "harm minimisation" with a new focus on achieving a drug free society?

Party Reply Score

Family First

  Probably. Family First rejects harm minimisation because it gives up on discouraging illicit drug use, and instead focusses on encouraging ‘healthy’ ways of using illicit drugs.  Methamphetamines or ‘ice’ are rampant in our community.  ‘Drug driving’ levels in some places are higher than ‘drink driving’!  Family First supports state police initiatives to prosecute those who manufacture or grow illicit drugs, and very strong penalties imposed by the courts for destroying lives using illicit drugs.  Hence we believe states – not the commonwealth – have the dominant role and spending obligation to address illicit drugs.  The commonwealth’s only role is to halt the importation of illicit drugs at our borders.


Australian Labor Party

  Labor supports evidence-based, harm minimisation drug and alcohol strategies. The National Drug Strategy (2010-2015) provides the national framework for action to minimise the harms to individuals, families and communities from alcohol, tobacco and through supply, demand and harm reduction focused actions. It also recognises the importance of action at a national, state and local level to achieve change.


Liberal Nationals Coalition

  The Turnbull Government recognises that Australians are doing harm to themselves through the use of illicit drugs.  We are committed to reducing their use in our society.  Equally we are committed to reducing the misuse of alcohol.

We are against all forms of illegal drugs and we will not legalise a drug or decriminalise a drug that destroys health, employment, relationships, lives and families.

We understand that the use of illegal drugs problem cannot be solved by arrests alone.  An effective response has to focus on preventative measures, education and health care, and at the same time reduce the demand for drugs.

The Coalition is particularly concerned about the impact ice is having across Australia, especially in regional areas.  Proportionally, Australia uses more ice than almost any other country in the world.  It is estimated that there are around 200,000 ice users across Australia.

The Coalition has established the National Ice Taskforce and its report led to a new National Ice Action Strategy, agreed to by all State and Territory Governments.  The Coalition will invest almost $300 million starting on 1 July 2016 to improve treatment, after care, education, prevention and community engagement to tackle ice.  This includes a significant investment in rural and regional areas.

A re-elected Coalition Government will tackle the supply of ice by building on recent law enforcement successes, with over 26,000 arrests related to the distribution or possession of amphetamine-type stimulants in 2013-14.

Labor ignored ice.  They failed to renew advertising on the dangers of ice, and ice use doubled between 2010 and 2013. 


Rise Up Australia Party

Yes, definitely.


Christian Democratic Party

Yes, definitely.


Australian Christians

Yes, definitely.


Online Direct Democracy

No comment.


The Greens

Definitely not. The Greens believe we must put harm minimisation at the front and centre of any approach to drug use.



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