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Now What, Mr Hawkins?

Now What, Mr Hawkins?

Monday 24 Feb 2003 Dr Muriel Newman Press Releases -- Crime & Justice -- Zero Tolerance for Crime

ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today demanded that Police Minister George Hawkins reveal his plan of action for combating New Zealand's impending methamphetamine crisis.

"The manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine increased by more than 300 percent last year, with police detecting almost 150 laboratories," Dr Newman said.

"Police have long warned that the methamphetamine problem is in danger of spiralling out of control and, with this kind of rapid growth, it is clear that both resources and manpower will be needed to combat the problem.

This is not something that the Government can ignore. More violent crime, as well as assaults on hospital staff and police are salient reminders of methamphetamine's ready availability and horrifying effects.

"Police must be given the mandate and the resources to adopt a zero tolerance approach to all organised crime. I am calling on Mr Hawkins to tell the country exactly what he intends to do about this problem," Dr Newman said.


For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

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