Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Alexander: Drugs programmes great if backed up

Alexander: Drugs programmes great if backed up

The Government's 15 new Community Action on Youth and Drugs (CAYAD) programmes are an important step forward, but rhetoric on getting tough on suppliers must be matched by action, United Future's Marc Alexander said today.

"These programmes are crucial and very worthwhile, but will be little more than the ambulance at the foot of the proverbial cliff if not backed up with hard-hitting measures against those that deal drugs in our society," Mr Alexander, United Future's law and order spokesman said.

"So, I say, well done, but now let's hit the dealers - and that means one thing: let's hit the gangs.

"They are for all intents and purposes the P and methamphetamine problem in this country," he said.

The spread of these programmes around the country simply served to show how entrenched drugs are in communities the length and breadth of New Zealand, Mr Alexander said in renewing his call for a cross-party approach to gangs and drugs.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news