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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 6 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1587 ..

MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

Being a largely agricultural country, it is not difficult to grow that, and a lot of people have access to it.

In Vietnam, another poor country, they do not have a drug problem. They have some very tough laws, which seem to work. People simply do not have the money to go down that path. I do not know what that says but, quite clearly, in some societies some of the drugs such as amphetamines, heroin, LSD and marijuana do not present the same problem as they do in the West.

This is a problem that needs a holistic approach. We can look to pointers in some of the programs which have worked. I have indicated that anti-smoking program, which I was pleased to see used in a number of schools. I am not sure if it is still going, but maybe it should be dusted off and used again. I was also heartened to see the effect the safe-sex programs had, with the Grim Reaper. There was also some success with the anti-smoking programs. While some people shy away from the shock effect, I believe there is a very strong case for it, although I do not think that is necessarily the only type of program we need.

The Grim Reaper campaign, the emphasis put on safe sex and the use of condoms resulted in a significant decrease in the incidence of AIDS in this country. Then there were the graphic anti-smoking programs. I can recall a program where tar was coming out of a lung. That sort of stuff is horrible, but those types of gross things have their place.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The time allotted for this discussion has expired.

Commonwealth, state and territory ministerial insurance summit

Ministerial statement and papers

Debate resumed from 9 April 2002, on motion by Mr Quinlan:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Motion (by Mr Wood ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.


MR SMYTH (5.14): Mr Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I rise on behalf of the opposition, the Liberal Party, to acknowledge the recent ClubsACT Awards for Excellence 2002 function that was held the Friday before last at the Hellenic Club in Woden. It was a very successful evening. The Chief Minister was there with his wife, Robyn-indeed, he enlightened us all that it was his 30th wedding anniversary. He mentioned that he still managed to fit into the same old suit; so, well done, Chief Minister, on both counts, I suspect.

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