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United for accessible treatment

By MICHAEL HITCH The Uniting Church and its service arm, Uniting, took another step towards reforming drug laws after screening their documentary film, Half A Million Steps, in Paddington recently. The film documents the 'Long Walk to Treatment' - a group trek from Dubbo in central-west NSW to Parliament House in Sydney. The Long Walk […]

The state of drug use

BY MICHAEL HITCH Following the deaths of five people at NSW music festivals since September 2018, and the cold fact that drug-induced deaths have now reached their highest number in 20 years, the matter of reforming drug policy in Australia has reached a critical point for many. The Greens MP for Newtown, Jenny Leong, is […]

“Dob in a Dealer” Fizzles

BY JOHN MOYLE Last week, the final leg of the Crime Stoppers’ travelling roadshow “Dob in a Drug Dealer” wheeled into Kings Cross. In attendance at Fitzroy Gardens were two senior Crime Stoppers executives, senior police and around 10 junior police dragooned from the KX Police Station, all watching over a table groaning with free […]

Housing Crisis, what crisis?

By John Moyle A recently released research paper claims Australian public housing is in crisis with a shortfall of 433,000 social housing units across the nation and 36,000 new units a year needed over the next 20 years to meet demand. Published by the independent Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, the paper also suggests […]