Canberra Times Reports NSW Attorney-General Urges Drug Law Pivot

June 2022

Noffs calls for even greater drug law reform
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The NSW Attorney-General, Mark Speakman, is urging reform of criminal penalties for drug users, saying the current approach is ‘clearly not working.’ He is pushing for a pilot of a drug diversion program that would give police the discretion to hand people caught with drugs for personal use two $400 penalties, before forcing them into the courts. He added that, ‘Such a scheme would not be ‘soft’ on drugs.’

CEO of the Ted Noffs Foundation, Matt Noffs, was in full support of Mr Speakman’s comments but urged even more action. He said, “The AG’s proposed drug reforms must aim higher,” he said, adding that jailing young people was, ‘both a waste of money and their lives.’ 

“Locking kids up transforms them into criminals, and often for life.” 

The Attorney-General’s push for change comes after the NSW government considered its response to the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug Ice.

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