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How Many More Must Die, Minister?

How Many More Must Die, Minister?

Tuesday 2 Sep 2003 Dr Muriel Newman Press Releases -- Crime & Justice

ACT New Zealand Police Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today demanded that Labour stop procrastinating and start dealing with the growing methamphetamine crisis, after it was revealed that four men accused of murder were all heavy users of methamphetamines.

"I predict that Labour will throw the revelation, that the men charged with killing Marcus Doig and John Vaughan were all P users, on the mountain of evidence that meth poses the greatest risk to our society today - to be ignored and forgotten," Dr Newman said.

"Meth-related crimes have rocked the country in the past year, and include the samurai sword attack and the RSA murders. These latest murders - as well as the armed robberies of which the men are accused - can now be added to the methamphetamine crime list.

"Communities throughout the country have called for action. Police admit they cannot cope with rising drug crime. Meth is a factor in some of our most horrific crimes to date. One would think that this would be enough to make the Government stop sitting on its hands.

"Apparently not. In the face of overwhelming evidence of this drug's tragic impact on New Zealand families, Labour drags its feet. Meth has only recently been re-classified a Class-A drug, and only just been allocated a code to allow it to be recorded as a specific drug crime.

"Further, police methamphetamine response teams will not start until 2004. How many more must die before Labour stops dawdling? Police Minister George Hawkins and his soft-on-crime colleagues must fast track these response teams urgently, to ensure that meth takes no more innocent victims, and afflicts no more innocent families," Dr Newman said.

ENDS


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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