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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4227 ..

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 10  	NOES, 7

Mr Berry  	Mr Cornwell
Ms Carnell  	Mr Hird
Mr Corbell  	Mr Humphries
Mr Hargreaves  	Mr Kaine
Mr Moore  	Mr Osborne
Mr Quinlan 	Mr Rugendyke
Mr Smyth  	Mr Stefaniak
Mr Stanhope
Ms Tucker
Mr Wood

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services): During my speech on the Supervised Injecting Place Trial Bill I said that I would table papers on all the complementary documents or processes the Government has in place and also the "Charter for health care workers" issued by Vatican City in 1995. I now table those documents and seek leave to have the relevant sections of the charter incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The document read as follows:

Undoubtedly, the evils caused by dependency and the care it requires are not a matter for medicine alone. But medicine does have a preventive and therapeutic role.


93. Drugs and drug addiction are almost always the result of an avoidable evasion of responsibility, an aprioristic contesting of the social structure, which is rejected without positive proposals for its reasonable reform, an expression of masochism motivated by the absence of values.

One who takes drugs does not understand or has lost the meaning and value of life, thus putting it at risk until it is lost: many deaths from overdose are voluntary suicides. The drug-user acquires a nihilistic mental state, superficially preferring the void of death to the all of life.

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