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Drug Policy


Illicit Drugs in Tasmania

Fundamentally, this is only a motion that calls on the House to agree not to adopt any measures that soften our drug laws.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Mar 2023


Ellis Must Allow Pill Testing in Tasmania

Police Minister Felix Ellis should listen to the growing demands for pill testing to be implemented in Tasmania, and act to allow this life-saving measure

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2023

Doctor with Face Mask

Labor Two-Faced on Drug Reform

Labor is trying to have its cake and eat it too on personal drug use reform, speaking the language of harm reduction but refusing to support reform

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Feb 2023

Doctor with Patient

Hardline Drug Policy Wrong Approach

Premier Jeremy Rockliff’s response to proposed drug law reform in Queensland is deeply disappointing.  

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Feb 2023

Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Greens Release Draft Legislation to Decriminalise Personal Drug Use in Tasmania

The Greens are proud to launch our draft Bill to decriminalise personal drug use

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Feb 2023


CLC Report Should Prompt Informed Debate on Drug Law Reform

The release of a new report into the costs of criminalising drugs in Tasmania is welcome and highlights why it's time for a community conversation about drugs

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Jan 2023


Rockliff Should End the Liberal War on Drugs

The Liberals’ war on drugs mentality is a manifest failure. What is required is a health-based response, informed by expert advice and evidence, not ideology.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Aug 2022

Medicinal Cannabis

Archer’s Cold War Cannabis Response Outdated

Tasmanians overwhelmingly want to decriminalise the personal use of marihuana, and Minister Archer’s views are way behind the community.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Jul 2022

Prison, Man Gripping Bars

Custodial Inspector Shames Liberals on Prison Overcrowding

The Custodial Inspector’s Capacity Utilisation Review 2021 is damning.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Nov 2021


Alcohol and Drug Dependency Repeal Bill 2021

It is distressing to think that reviews into the Alcohol and Drug Dependency Act indicated as far back as 14 years ago that this was out of date at that point.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Oct 2021


Police, Fire and Emergency Management - Drugs

The proportion of drug offenders who have been given drug diversions by Tasmania Police has declined every single year under this Government.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Sep 2021


Health - Pill Testing

Our current system puts such a huge focus on the morality of drug-taking there is little room for the discussion of the science.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2021


Alcohol and Drug Dependency Repeal Bill 2019

The Alcohol and Drug Dependency Act of 1968 is manifestly out of date and out of step with the current community expectations.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Mar 2021

Medicinal Cannabis

Medical Cannabis Access Scheme and Legalisation

The Greens welcome the Premier's announcement yesterday of improvements to the Medical Cannabis Access Scheme in Tasmania.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Mar 2021


AIHW Report Confirms War on Drugs Has Failed

Latest AIHW data shows that the amount of Tasmanians who recently used cannabis was almost as high as Tasmania’s tobacco smoking rate.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Jul 2020


Liberals Still Holding Back Pill Testing

Festivals want to make sure they provide the safest possible environment to their patrons, but the Liberal Party is standing in their way.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Feb 2020


ANU Review Demands Action on Pill Testing

The ANU review found the pill testing service at Groovin’ the Moo did not encourage the use of drugs.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Dec 2019


Pill Testing this Summer

Full Debate on the Greens' Matter of Public Importance on ensuring that pill testing can occur at festivals this summer.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Nov 2019


Party In The Paddock to Champion Pill Testing

We are proud to be the sponsor of Party In The Paddock’s Parliamentary petition calling for pill testing to be trialled in Tasmania.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Nov 2019


Poisons Amendment Bill 2019

Rosalie Woodruff details concerns surrounding the banning of the sale of ice pipes in a Second Reading contribution to the Poisons Amendment Bill 2019.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Oct 2019


Labor Back Liberals in the Failed 'War on Drugs'

The Liberals’ ban on the sale of ice pipes passed through the House of Assembly this afternoon with the support of the Labor Party.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Oct 2019


Proposed Ban on Ice Pipes

Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Health on the health impacts of the proposed ban on the sale of ice pipes.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Oct 2019


Ice Pipe Ban Bill Puts Lives at Risk

The Health Minister, Sarah Courtney, today tabled a Bill to ban the sale of ice pipes that, if passed, will put people’s lives at further risk.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Oct 2019


Community Safety

What we are really talking about here is two parties that support the building of a massive investment in prison infrastructure in the north.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Sep 2019


Courtney in Pill Testing Spotlight

Hobart City Council’s vote in support of pill testing puts new Health Minister, Sarah Courtney, in the spotlight.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Jul 2019


Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018

This bill amends the Misuse of Drugs Act 2001 by inserting a new Part 4A to establish a legal framework for lawful drug analysis pill testing.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Nov 2018


Fearful Labor Abandons Pill Testing Policy

Labor has put politics above keeping young people safe in their decision not to support the Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Nov 2018


ACT Pill Testing Will Save Lives

The ACT Government’s decision to allow free pill testing at the Spilt Milk festival will save lives.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Sep 2017


Annual Crime Figures Confirm 'Tough on Crime' is Failing

Annual crime figures released by Tasmania Police yesterday demonstrate the Liberals' lopsided focus on law and order.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Aug 2017


Labor and Liberals Putting Politics Before Health on Drug Policy

Labor and the Liberals are ignoring the experts, and the evidence the ‘war on drugs’ has failed in Tasmania.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Aug 2017


Greens Call for Rethink on Drug Policy

Following yesterday’s release of the Community Legal Centres’ Report into drug treatment and law reform, the Greens are calling for a drug law reform package.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Aug 2017


Ferguson Must Fund Drug Health Programs in Budget

The ACIC's National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report, released over the weekend, is proof of the alarming level of ice use in Tasmania.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Mar 2017


Hodgman Needs To Lead Drug Law Reform

The Australia 21 Report, authored by former Premiers and Police Commissioners, has called for tackling drug use as a health issue rather than a criminal one.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Mar 2017


What Has Mark Shelton Been Smoking?

The Greens' drug policy position is focused on harm minimisation and dealing with addiction through a health lens.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 Nov 2016


Pill Testing to Save Young Tasmanian Lives

Last week 12 young people were hospitalised on the Gold Coast after consuming a drug they thought was ecstasy. Twenty-seven-year-old Ricky Stevens later died.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Oct 2016


Pill Testing Could Save Tasmanian Lives

Police Minister, Rene Hidding, once again showed Tasmanians he would rather continue a failed "war on drugs" than reduce the risk of drug deaths.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Oct 2016


Health Minister Blames Former Government for Two Years of Inaction on Ice Epidemic

A dangerous increase in crystal methamphetamine use in Tasmania is now strongly suggestive of an epidemic.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Sep 2016


Ice Use Needs Government-Wide Action

The Police Association’s concern about the increase in crimes against people in the last year should be taken seriously by the Government.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Aug 2016


Concern About Teen Challenge at Meander

Ms Dawkins is representing people in the community who are concerned that an overtly faith‑based organisation will be working with vulnerable young people.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Jun 2016

Gender Equality

Teen Challenge Won't Welcome Everyone to Meander Rehab Centre

When the state decided to sell the site, Teen Challenge saw an opportunity and orchestrated the outcome which has now been presented.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Jun 2016


Ideology in the Way of Preventative Health

Minister Ferguson has put his personal ideology in the way of preventive health measures in this year's Budget.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Jun 2016


Hidding Won't Commit to Keeping Our Young People Safe

The evidence shows pill testing will keep our young people safe from harmful drugs and it has the support of the Police Association.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016


Liberals' Blind Refusal to Protect Young People

The Police Minister, Rene Hidding, today refused out of hand to consider pill testing measures at festivals as a way of protecting young people from harm.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Jun 2016


Statewide Strategy to Tackle Ice Needed

The allocation of $4.8 million into extra rehabilitation beds for crystal methamphetamine addicts is welcome,.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 May 2015


National Ice Taskforce

One million dollars invested in saving lives from ice would be money far better spent.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Apr 2015


National Report Highlights Ice Dangers

The Liberal Government has given little indication that it takes seriously enough, or is prepared to commit resources to, tackling the 'ice' pandemic.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Mar 2015


Health Minister Missing in Action

Minister Ferguson could not point to a single concrete action he or the government have taken to address the escalating issue of crystal methamphetamine.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  19 Mar 2015


Strategy Needed to Tackle Ice

It is now more than four months since ABC Four Corners exposed the growing and insidious use of Ice in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Mar 2015


Beat Ice and Save Lives

Last night's Four Corners program revealed the devastation or Ice is wreaking on individuals and families in North and North West Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Oct 2014