Australian Mayors: Enforcement "Will Not Work": A call to the national government to change strategy 12/12/97

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On December 4, Australia's Council of Capital City Lord Mayors announced that they had united in commitment to a new national drug strategy, and the formation of a new national advisory committee on the issue which would report directly to them.

Sydney's Lord Mayor, Cr Frank Sartor, took serious issue with the national Government's law enforcement approach. "It's quite obvious that the political leadership in this country has let us down significantly. It's quite obvious that the current strategies are not working, will not work, and the capital cities need to work much harder."

The Adelaide Lord Mayor, Dr. Jane Lomax-Smith said that the lord mayors were disappointed with the recent federal decision to cancel planned heroin maintenance trials. Pat Assheton of DrugAid, a reform organization in Australia, told The Week Online that it is likely that Jim Sorely, the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, was the driving force behind this action. Mayor Sorely's office said that they had no comment for release at this time.

Brian McConnell, President of Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform, joined with the Lord Mayors in decrying the continued reliance on enforcement by the Australian Federal Government: "Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform welcomes the moves by Australia's Lord Mayors. Community political leaders, like our Lord Mayors, are taking seriously the problems caused by prohibition and illicit drugs and are taking action, while other more senior political leaders continue to stick their heads in the sand."

For more about reform efforts in Australia, visit the web site of Family and Friends for Drug Law Reform at http://www.wps.com.au/druglawreform/. Families and Friends is made up of those who have lost loved ones to substance abuse, and who are calling for a public health, rather than a punitive approach to drug policy.

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