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MR: Injecting heroin is never safe
· May 27, 2011 10:00 AM
For release: Friday May 27, 2011
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today urged the Victorian Government to stand firm against a renewed push for a ‘safe’ injecting room in Melbourne.
ACL Victoria Director Rob Ward said, “despite
by Dr Marianne Jauncey that when it comes to injecting rooms “the evidence is clear and irrefutable for their benefits”, the truth is that the evidence is actually to the contrary.
“Dr Jauncey points to the Sydney facility as saving lives, yet its own report indicates that for every user injecting in the “safe” rooms they inject elsewhere a further 34 times.
“If every injection is dangerous what protection is really being offered?
“The Sydney facility is estimated to cost $2.5m a year to run. That money could be better spent on programs to get addicts off drugs, not prolong their addiction.
“Evidence from Sydney reveals that other drugs are injected at the facility, including the dangerous drugs ‘ice’ and cocaine.”
Mr Ward said that there was little evidence that drug users had been effectively referred to programs that helped them end their addiction.
“The message that injecting rooms send is that injecting is ok and can be safe. This is not a message we should be sending out. Drug users often become slaves to their addiction. Injecting rooms only legitimise that slavery.”
No drug injecting room for Vic, leaders pledge at pre-election forum
· September 28, 2010 10:00 AM
Both the Government and Opposition ruled out drug injecting rooms for Victoria during last Friday’s Make it Count leaders’ event held in the lead-up to the November 27 election.
Despite Premier John Brumby’s last minute withdrawal because of his father’s sudden illness (and subsequent passing), the event attended by 140 high-level Christian leaders and ACL Supporters was a resounding success.
Education Minister Bronwyn Pike, stepping in for Mr Brumby, and Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu both ruled out copying Sydney’s controversial Kings Cross heroin injecting room.
Church leaders questioned Ms Pike and Mr Baillieu on issues ranging from tackling Victoria’s problem gambling to examining why some late-term aborted babies survive and are left to die.
Mr Baillieu re-confirmed a
to reinstate freedoms to religion stripped by recent changes to Victoria’s equal opportunity laws.
ACL’s Victorian Director Rob Ward also spoke to the
ABC’s Stateline program
about why ACL engages politics by putting on events such as Make it Count Victoria.
Video footage of Friday’s Make it Count Victoria will soon be posted on the
election website which is under construction.
NSW Government to make Kings Cross injecting room permanent
· September 23, 2010 10:00 AM
NSW Health Minister, Carmel Tebbutt today introduced legislation into the Legislative Assembly that would remove the Kings Cross Medically Supervised Injecting Centre’s trial status, making it a permanent fixture.
This is despite the fact that research by Drug Free Australia shows the “overdose rate in the injecting room was 36 times higher than on the streets of Kings Cross”. You can read DFA’s excellent document The Kings Cross Injecting Room: the case for closure by clicking
With only a handful of parliamentary sitting weeks left before the state election in March it is hard to understand why the Parliament is spending so much time advancing a radical social agenda. NSW voters are expecting their MPs to get on with the job of improving roads, rail, hospitals and education.
NSW needs civil engineers, not social engineers.
The injecting room legislation is just another bill in a long line of radical so-called ‘progressive’ proposals indulging the parliament’s time. Same-sex adoption, same-sex surrogacy, injecting rooms and euthanasia are not priority issues for NSW.
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