Parliament

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

 

United hypocritical and ill-informed on drugs

9 June 2005

United hypocritical and ill-informed on drugs

Green Party Drug Law Reform Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos said United's drugs policy, released today, exposed the party's ill-informed thinking in this area.

"They call for the regular review of drug classifications to make sure they accurately reflect the evidence, but would only allow the evidence to be followed if it means harsher punishment," Nandor said.

"What happened to evidence-based policy making?"

Nandor said that this disregard of evidence was reflected in the unwillingness of Peter Dunne to publicly debate drug policy issues when challenged to do so.

"Mr Dunne must think drugs are important because he's now developed a policy on them, but he's unwilling to front up and debate the issues."

Nandor also accused United Future of hypocrisy on drugs.

"I'm disappointed that United's policy largely ignores the two drugs causing the most harm in New Zealand, alcohol and tobacco," Nandor said.

"United Future is well known for opposing any restrictions on alcohol or tobacco while scapegoating cannabis. This policy just reinforces their hypocrisy on this issue."

However, Nandor congratulated United Future for being the second parliamentary party to develop a drugs policy and welcomed their adoption of a number of Green proposals.

"Drug law is an important political issue and we are pleased that United have joined the Greens in formulating policy in this area," Nandor said "At the moment, it seems like all other parties are prepared to leave drugs in the 'too hard basket'. We may disagree on what New Zealand's drug regime should be, but at least United and the Greens both give the issue the attention it deserves.

"Some of the ideas in United's policy, such as drug education for those caught with illegal drugs, and incorporating drug treatment into sentencing, were suggested by the Greens when we launched our 'integrated drug strategy' last year," Nandor said. "We are pleased to see United Future pick them up."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election