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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 135 ..

MR MOORE: It is Carnell Government policy and the Liberal part I cannot answer for - and anyway it would be out of order. That is why I am answering all the other parts of the question for you. Even though you may not like the way I am answering the question, Mr Kaine, it is an important thing to explain. In that ACT drug strategy evaluation - - -

Mr Kaine: It is only important to you to explain. It is important to the Chief Minister that you explain. That is the point.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. I realise that Mr Kaine is opposed to Mr Moore answering the question, but he has interjected continually since the beginning of the answer.

Mr Kaine: Sit down, you wimp. Why don't you answer the question?

Mr Humphries: As he is now. I think it is appropriate that Mr Moore answer the question with some capacity for the rest of us to hear what the answer is.

MR MOORE: I will try to be as brief as I can, Mr Kaine, and then perhaps you will have a supplementary question that might help you. I am answering the question as to how it is still on the agenda. The ACT drug strategy evaluation had in it as part 4 a draft direction as to how we would go with our drug strategy.

Mr Kaine: Mr Speaker, I again have to take the point of order. I did not ask Mr Moore about his agenda. I asked him about the Government's agenda, which he attributed to the Carnell Government. I would like him to stick to the question.

MR MOORE: It is the Government's agenda, I assure you, Mr Speaker, and I ask you to keep Mr Kaine in order. I am speaking about the Government's agenda and how the Government is dealing with this particular matter. Mr Kaine, the way the Government is dealing with this particular matter is that we gave an indication. The evaluation was approved by Cabinet. It was made public and you have a copy. That indicated the general direction we would take for the draft ACT drug strategy. That draft strategy will be released in the middle of March and there will be further opportunity for comment.

In both the evaluation and the draft strategy, the safe injecting places will be seen in their full context. That full context will include the sorts of issues that Mr Stanhope raised about rehabilitation for young people. Mr Stanhope has correctly put his finger on a weakness in the ACT drug strategy, something that does need to be addressed. Mr Kaine, we will be doing that.

Ms Tucker: And a few other things.

MR MOORE: Ms Tucker indicates that there are a few other things as well. Of course there are, and we have outlined them in the first part. They will be out as a part of the draft drug strategy for people to comment on and say, "No, you have still missed something". We want to know the community's view of what we have missed to make sure we can get the broadest possible strategy.

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