Page 5757 - Week 18 - Tuesday, 10 December 1991

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To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory.

We the undersigned understand that the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory is considering the introduction of legislation to decriminalise possession and use of marijuana. How such a move could even be considered is beyond comprehension having in mind the ravages of alcohol and tobacco in the community and the current efforts to "depopularise" them.

History has shown that marijuana has proved to be a terrible scourge wherever used. Many eminent researchers world wide, such as Gabriel G Nahas (author of "Keep off the Grass") have produced a great deal of well documented evidence condemning the drug. It produces loss of will power and a gradual disintegration of personality, ultimately leaving an empty shell. Cell damage is another of its vicious side effects.

We respectfully implore you to reject any move to make marijuana available to the public under any circumstances.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to ensure the present legislation be more vigorously enforced and your petitioners will in duty bound ever pray.

By Mr Kaine (from 50 residents).

Petitions received.



MR KAINE: I would like to direct a question to the Chief Minister and Treasurer, following the recent release of the ANZ Bank's monthly job vacancies statistics, which show that job vacancies have taken a marked fall. I will just quote from Ian Davis in the Canberra Times, who says:

Job vacancies are usually regarded as one of the earlier indicators of economic trends.

In other words, the suggestion is that our economy is taking a nosedive. In light of that, does the Chief Minister and Treasurer believe that her budget is contributing in any way to the creation of jobs in the ACT? If so, how?

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