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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.

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.

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.

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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Nov 2019


Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018

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  |  Greens Bill  |  28 Nov 2018


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Aug 2017


Liberals Ignore Ice Problem

The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report is proof of the alarming level of ice use in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Apr 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.

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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Mar 2017


What Has Mark Shelton Been Smoking?

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


Mass Drug Overdose Demands Response - Pill Testing Saves Lives

On 22 and 23 October 2016, Australia experienced its worst mass drug overdose in decades with doctors expecting it will happen again in the next few months.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Oct 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 Oct 2016


Pill Testing Could Save Tasmanian Lives

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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Sep 2016


Desperate Need for Rehabilitative Services for Ice Addiction

The very real and dangerous increase in Crystalline Methamphetamine (Ice) use in Tasmania is now strongly suggestive of an epidemic.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  19 Sep 2016


Ice Use Needs Government-Wide Action

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Aug 2016

Gender Equality

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

Teen Challenge Tasmania has received approval from the Meander Valley Council to establish their ‘Home of Hope’ at the former school site.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Jun 2016


Concern About Teen Challenge at Meander

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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Jun 2016


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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

Royal Hobart Hospital, Emergency Department Entrance

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Health a Priority Over Fictional Surplus

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016


Liberals' Blind Refusal to Protect Young People

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