The New South Wales government is maintaining its “tough position on drugs” while also looking at avenues to invest greater resources into rehab and support services says Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
Leaked reports reveal a plan went to cabinet aimed at decriminalising the use of ice and other party drugs supposedly in order to clear up the courts which would save administrative costs.
NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman reportedly pitched the idea to cabinet as a way to save money.
The premier has since come out and said unequivocally her government is not planning to decriminalise drugs.
She told Sky News host Chris Kenny, her government’s record on drugs is a “tough one” as it should be.
However, she did admit the government is “looking at opportunities” to put more resources into rehab and medical facilities in addition to its existing tough stance.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro recently came out in objection to any softening of the state’s drug laws.
“The last thing I want to see is a softening of anything to do with drugs in this state,” Mr Barilaro said.
The premier said her government doesn’t “take a soft stance” and never intends to, but it can invest more.
“You can still maintain a tough stance on drugs but make sure you’re also going to provide those alternate services. People who are addicted to substances cannot function normally. Cannot have a good life,” she said.
“I don’t think anybody would begrudge us for saying to our citizens we want to reduce addiction, we want to break the cycle of despair.”