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Uniting Church Vic.Tas Endorses Decriminalisation of Drugs

This week, The Uniting Church of Victoria and Tasmania came together at their 2023 Synod meeting. As part of this meeting, Uniting Vic.Tas brought forward a proposal, asking for support and advocacy for the decriminalisation of possession, and personal use, of small amounts of illicit drugs, as part of a health-based approach to the issue […]

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ACT’s new drug decriminalisation laws  welcomed

 “A shift to a focus on health-based and community responses for drug use and dependency rather than seeing the police and the courts as the place where we seek to address this is long overdue but warmly welcomed,” Uniting NSW.ACT’s Head of Media and Advocacy Alice Salomon said.   “For over twenty years, we have run […]

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FFDLR Remembrance Ceremony 2023

Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform (ACT), held it’s 28th Annual Remembrance Ceremony – for those who lose their life to illicit drugs on the 23rd of October this year. Over 100 people gathered on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin, on beautiful Ngunnawal Land. For the last two years, the event has been […]

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A step forward in NSW drug law, but proposed fines are unnecessary and harmful.

Uniting NSW.ACT have this morning responded to he NSW Government’s announcement on proposed drug reform in the state.  “The NSW Government has today announced its intention to extend the existing infringement notice system that current applies to MDMA at music festivals to apply to all drugs and all places,” Uniting NSW.ACT’s General Manager of Advocacy […]

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Budget Disappointment: Drug Summit Missing from Funding

The NSW Government launched the State Budget on the 19th, and there was a big thing missing- the drug summit. Professor Dan Howard, leader of the Ice Inquiry, said that “It is astonishing that there is nothing in this budget for a drug summit, as this has long been a promised part of Labor’s platform.” […]

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Moderator of Uniting Church NSW & ACT Calls for Political Courage

This article contains quotes from the Sydney Morning Herald, for which it reached the front page. Credit to Caitlin Fitzsimmons. You can read the article on their website here. The Uniting Church was in the media once again this week, with New Moderator of the Uniting Church in NSW and the ACT Faaimata Havea Hiliau […]

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Health Experts Back Drug Checking

On Monday September 11th,  Fair Treatment Partner Unharm launched an open letter calling for the NSW State Government and Premier Chris Minns to step up, and create drug checking services with urgency. Summer is coming quickly, and with a likely return of El Nino, it will be a scorching summer. What we know, is that […]

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Premier’s position on drug policy reform must be evidence-based 

Uniting NSW.ACT has appealed to NSW Premier Chris Minns to not slam the door on evidence-based drug reform in this term of Government. NSW families who are experiencing drug dependency can’t afford to wait years for evidence-based and harm-reducing drug policy reform in NSW.  Outgoing Moderator of the Uniting Church Synod in NSW and the […]

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Kevin Street wins NADA Award

Kevin Street, member of the Fair Treatment Reference Group and drug law reform advocate, attended the Network of Alcohol and Drugs Agencies Conference on the 11-12 May. At the AOD Awards for the Non-Government Sector, Kevin received the award for Outstanding Contribution in Peer Work and Consumer Representation. This award celebrates the outstanding contribution by […]

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