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Election Survey - Victoria 2010 - Q4

Q4 - Illicit drugs

Would you vote for measures to replace the current harm minimisation policy on illegal drugs with harm prevention policies including mandatory treatment for addicts?


Party Reply Score
Australian Labor Party

Labor has a tough but compassionate response to drugs, recognising the need to help people whose lives have been turned upside down through addiction.  The Victorian Drug Strategy focuses on reducing the supply of drugs; reducing demand for drugs; improving access to services; and reducing harm.  Our approach is a whole-of-government one which is sensible, practical and consistent with the National Drug Strategy. 

A future Brumby Labor Government would build on the reform agenda set out in Because Mental Health Matters by commencing a similar reform process in the Alcohol and Other Drug sector.

Liberal-National Party

A Liberal-Nationals Coalition Government will seek to reduce abuse and harm, educate that illicit drugs can never be used safely, and increase treatment options.

A Liberal-Nationals Coalition Government will also continue to oppose heroin injecting rooms.

Our objectives are:

•          To decrease the current rates of alcohol and drug abuse in Victoria.

•          To reduce the amount of harm that alcohol and drug abuse cause in the community. 

•          To send a clear message that illicit drugs can never be used safely and that there is no such thing as ‘recreational’ drug use. 

•          To increase treatment options so that people with an alcohol or drug problem can get help when they need it.

Democratic Labor Party

Yes, definitely.  Our current election campaign concentrates on several major policies.  One of the principle policies in our campaign is the introduction of compulsory drug rehabilitation for addicts of illegal drugs.  This is framed on the policy that has been so successful in Sweden and has resulted in a massive reduction in both regular drug users and repeat offenders in drug related crimes.

Christian Democratic Party

Yes, definitely.

Family First Party

Yes, definitely.

The Greens

The Greens believe that policies and programs must be directed towards reducing the adverse health, social and economic consequences of drug use.  This harm minimisation approach recognises that drug dependence should be treated primarilyas a health problem rather than a criminal problem.

The Greens support more resources being provided to improve access to diversion, rehabilitation, and the implementation of treatment programs as a sentencing alternative for substance-dependent people convicted of minor crimes.

The Greens also call for:

• indexation of funding to the health sector, including substance-abuse prevention and treatment programs

• an increase in flexible specialist services and professional development programs for community and health sector workers, to ensure such services accommodate people from diverse communities who have substance abuse issues

• better links between service providers, to enable consistent, effective and ongoing support services

• better support for families of people undergoing drug treatment

• funding increases for programs for drug dependent persons released from prison, to assist their wellbeing and re-integration into society.

Australian Sex Party

The Australian Sex Party believes the current approach of harm minimisation has been successful, as demonstrated by the world leading standards of preventing blood borne viruses (such Hepatitis C and HIV), preventing overdose and protecting the rights of all people, including the very vulnerable.  Evidence has shown that drugs affect individuals in a unique way so we do not support forcing treatment onto people who have not consented or for whom it may be ineffective.


Authorised by: David Phillips, FamilyVoice Australia, 4th Floor, 68 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000


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