In a somewhat biased report from the ABC's 7:30 Report a few years back, the comments from Christopher Pyne show exactly why research based polices need to be implemented. Pyne dictates policies based on his own moral beliefs along with misgivings that marijuana is evil but alcohol is somehow OK . Dr. Alex Wodak who has spent his life dealing with drug and alcohol addiction has the qualifications needed to give genuine advice. Christopher Pyne on the other hand, is as thick as a piece of 4"2 redwood pine who's only term of reference is the flawed zero tolerance strategy. The statement below would have to go down as the most hypocritical gaff I have ever read.
"Under the current system, of course, all the most vulnerable people in the country can roll up to any criminal and corrupt policeman that they know of and buy the drug and no questions asked about age or are you pregnant, or do you have a mental illness or whatever. If we had a taxed and regulated system, not only would we be able to have warnings on the packages, but we'd also be able to regulate the people who obtain cannabis from the regulated outlets".
"I don't accept that. I don't think you should regulate poison because it would be easier to manage it if you did. This is a poison and it's destroying our young people. It's affecting their mental health and the idea that governments should somehow get involved in it, regulate it, tax it, control the strength of it and then spend that money that's raised in taxation as though it was any other kind of revenue raising tool, I think, is an abomination".
Isn't this how the government treats alcohol regulation now? Incredible!
R18+ Games - Opinion Beat Evidence Again
First of all, I am not a gamer. I am though, an adult. This gives me the right to watch and do what I please within the law and when someone decides for me what I can't watch or do, I need a reason. It seems so often now the reason is because someone with the power doesn't think it's appropriate because of their opinion ... facts, evidence and research de damned.
South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson is opposed to R18+ ratings for games because he wants to
"protect children from harmful material".
Amazingly his opinion is not wavering even though research has found that the average age of Australian gamers is 28 and over 50 per cent of gamers are over 18. Also in 2005, a survey found 88 per cent of Australians supported an R18+ classification for games.
I am sure even the tonks from the right would agree considering they hate governments telling them what they can & can't do and that violence is such a part of their ideology.