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'They need to talk to us': Leaked drug reforms reveal Coalition's city-country divide

'They need to talk to us': Leaked drug reforms reveal Coalition's city-country divide

National MPs say they were disappointed not to have received more consultation about a government proposal to introduce a three-strike drug possession policy.

  • by Lucy Cormack

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'No strategy': Drug possession compromise on the table to end bitter cabinet division

'No strategy': Drug possession compromise on the table to end bitter cabinet division

A three-strike drug possession policy would only apply to young offenders under a compromise position floated by ministers opposed to broader reform to end a cabinet stand-off within the NSW government.

  • by Tom Rabe and Lucy Cormack
UN agency to remove cannabis from list of most dangerous drugs

UN agency to remove cannabis from list of most dangerous drugs

The drug had been listed in the 1961 Convention on Narcotic Drugs in the same category as heroin and several other opioids.

Courts are the wrong place to tackle drug use

Courts are the wrong place to tackle drug use

The evidence is clear that dragging people through the courts on small possession charges has significant social and economic costs and limited deterrence.

  • by Alison Ritter
Decriminalisation ruled out as government considers early drug intervention

Decriminalisation ruled out as government considers early drug intervention

The NSW government has ruled out decriminalising possession of illicit drugs after a leak from cabinet suggested the dramatic policy shift.

  • by Lucy Cormack and Tom Rabe
Washington 'war on drugs' in Latin America needs overhaul: report

Washington 'war on drugs' in Latin America needs overhaul: report

It is the result of 18 months of research into the "war on drugs" that has cost billions of American taxpayers' dollars without ending violence and corruption.

  • by Patricia Zengerle
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Sydney's cocaine obsession fuels gang violence: NSW Police Commissioner
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Sydney's cocaine obsession fuels gang violence: NSW Police Commissioner

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller says people are not making the connection between their recreational drug use and violent organised crime.

  • by Fergus Hunter
Saving Jacqui Lambie: 'If I didn’t say something right, Anna would have to clean it up'

Saving Jacqui Lambie: 'If I didn’t say something right, Anna would have to clean it up'

When Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie was re-elected to the federal Senate in 2019, she offered her friend Anna Bateman a job as her media adviser. Working together only deepened their respect for each other.

  • by Dana McCauley
Ice trade stopped at sauce after liquid meth worth $123m found in mustard bottles

Ice trade stopped at sauce after liquid meth worth $123m found in mustard bottles

The seizure represents the largest intercepted liquid meth import in Victoria's history.

  • by Simone Fox Koob
'Consent and wanting are not the same': Research reveals extent of unwanted sex while intoxicated

'Consent and wanting are not the same': Research reveals extent of unwanted sex while intoxicated

One in six women and one in 10 men have experienced unwanted sex while they were intoxicated and the rates are highest for young bisexual women.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons
High noon for 'nangs' as Labor moves to regulate sale in WA

High noon for 'nangs' as Labor moves to regulate sale in WA

Health Minister Roger Cook has flagged new regulations for small nitrous oxide canisters commonly used as a party drug by young Australians.

  • by Peter de Kruijff