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Liberals Still Holding Back Pill Testing

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Feb 2020

ANU Review Demands Action on Pill Testing

Media Release - The ANU review found the pill testing service at Groovin’ the Moo did not encourage the use of drugs. Instead, the young people who used the service were more likely to avoid taking illicit drugs.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 Dec 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Pill Testing this Summer

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 14 Nov 2019

Party In The Paddock to Champion Pill Testing

Media Release - We are proud to be the sponsor of Party In The Paddock’s Parliamentary petition calling for pill testing to be trialled in Tasmania. This is critically important in the lead-up to the summer festival season.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Nov 2019

Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018

Greens Bill - A Bill for an Act to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act 2001 to provide for the lawful delivery of drug analysis services.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 Nov 2018

Poisons Amendment Bill 2019 - Second Reading

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 Oct 2019

Labor Back Liberals in the Failed 'War on Drugs'

Media Release - The Liberals’ ban on the sale of ice pipes passed through the House of Assembly this afternoon with the support of the Labor Party. The passage of this legislation effectively undermines Australia’s decades-long, harm reduction drug...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 Oct 2019

Proposed Ban on Ice Pipes

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Oct 2019

Ice Pipe Ban Bill Puts Lives at Risk

Media Release - 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Oct 2019

Labor Matter of Public Importance - Community Safety

Parliamentary Activity - What we are really talking about here is two parties that support the building of a massive investment in prison infrastructure in the north of the state that would, by the early estimates, have cost $137 million to build.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 11 Sep 2019

Courtney in Pill Testing Spotlight

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Jul 2019

Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018 - Second Reading

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff delivers a Second Reading speech for the Greens' Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018 to establish a framework for the legal, professional testing of drugs.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 28 Nov 2018

Fearful Labor Abandons Pill Testing Policy

Media Release - The Greens are disappointed Labor has put politics above keeping young people safe in their decision not to support the Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 Nov 2018

ACT Pill Testing Will Save Lives

Media Release - The ACT Government’s decision to allow free pill testing at the Spilt Milk festival will save lives. We congratulate the ACT for their courage and common sense.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 22 Sep 2017

Annual Crime Figures Confirm 'Tough on Crime' is Failing

Media Release - Annual crime figures released by Tasmania Police yesterday demonstrate the Liberals' lopsided focus on law and order, and failure to invest in early intervention and rehabilitation, has made Tasmania a less safe place to live.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 13 Aug 2017

Labor and Liberals Putting Politics Before Health on Drug Policy

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson Labor and the Liberals are ignoring the experts, and the evidence the ‘war on drugs’ has failed in Tasmania.  For them to cling to political infighting instead of tackling this critical...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 2 Aug 2017

Greens Call for Rethink on Drug Policy

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson 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.  We need to treat personal...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Aug 2017

Liberals Ignore Ice Problem

Parliamentary Activity - Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—(1) Notes March 2017’s Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report is proof of the alarming level of ice use in Tasmania, and provides clear evidence...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Apr 2017

Ferguson Must Fund Drug Health Programs in Budget

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokespersonThe ACIC's National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report, released over the weekend, is proof of the alarming level of ice use in Tasmania.  It's clear evidence that the government is...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 27 Mar 2017

Hodgman Needs To Lead Drug Law Reform

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health and Police spokespersonThe Australia 21 Report, authored by former Premiers and Police Commissioners, has called on governments to look at drug use as a health issue rather than a criminal one.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 21 Mar 2017

What Has Mark Shelton Been Smoking?

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' LeaderThe Greens' drug policy position is focussed on harm minimisation and dealing with addiction through a health lens.  It is an acknowledgement that the war on drugs is killing people.Too many young...

- 30 Nov 2016

Pill Testing Could Save Tasmanian Lives

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 25 Oct 2016

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

Parliamentary Activity - Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for HEALTH, Mr FERGUSON

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 20 Sep 2016

Desperate Need for Rehabilitative Services for Ice Addiction

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Acknowledges that the very real and dangerous increase in Crystalline Methamphetamine (Ice) use in Tasmania is now strongly suggestive of an epidemic.(2)           Notes that:-

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Sep 2016

Ice Use Needs Government-Wide Action

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Police spokespersonThe Police Association’s concern about the increase in crimes against people in the last year should be taken seriously by the Government. Any assault on any individual is one too many.The...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 Aug 2016

Ministers on Notice to Ensure All Checks Are Done With Teen Challenge

Parliamentary Activity - Andrea Dawkins MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes:—(a)           that in December 2014 the Minister for Education and Training, Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MP, announced the closure of the former Meander Primary School at Meander;

- 16 Jun 2016

Concern About Teen Challenge at Meander

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, that was a really unsavoury response from the member for Lyons, Mr Barnett.  What he describes as a rant, because it doesn't fit with his view of the world and his set of...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Jun 2016

Teen Challenge Won't Welcome Everyone to Meander Rehab Centre

Parliamentary Activity - Ms DAWKINS (Bass) - Madam Speaker, I rise to speak about the future of the old Meander Valley School under the management of an organisation named Teen Challenge.  When the state decided to sell the site, Teen Challenge saw an opportunity...

- 15 Jun 2016

Ideology in the Way of Preventative Health

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokespersonMinister Ferguson has put his personal ideology in the way of preventive health measures in this year's Budget.The Health Minister told the Estimates Committee today that value for money and...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 6 Jun 2016

Call for Government to Fund Pill Testing to Keep Our Youth Safe

Parliamentary Activity - Call on the Minister for Police and Emergency Management, Hon Rene Hidding MP, to forgo his outdated ‘war on drugs’ mentality in favour of saving young lives, and to support the introduction of pill testing at our festivals.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 2 Jun 2016

Hidding Won't Commit to Keeping Our Young People Safe

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 1 June 2016Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for POLICE, FIRE and EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, Mr HIDDING[10.35]

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Jun 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Health a Priority Over Fictional Surplus

Parliamentary Activity - Call on the Liberal and Labor parties to support sensible Greens’ policy that prioritises the long term wellbeing of Tasmanians over a fictional budget surplus.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Jun 2016

Liberals' Blind Refusal to Protect Young People

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokespersonThe 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, despite support from the Police...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 1 Jun 2016