The push by the Labor Government to soften Victorians up to a permissive policy on drugs has gone quiet lately (except for a major blunder by the Consumer Affairs Minister more on that in a moment). But that is to be expected - we are in election mode.
So instead we are getting various election sweeteners, eg. more money on this, more money on that. But voters can rest assured that if Labor is returned to office, the same harm minimisation policy will be promoted.
However, those lobbying the hardest for injecting room are often skilled in the use of misleading information and deceptive arguments. The truth is, there is no real solid evidence for any of their claims.
Our community must determine appropriate standards for medical research involving human subjects. We ask our political leaders to have regard for the sacredness of all human beings, of whatever level of maturity, dependency or ability. We ask them to support adult stem cell research and to reject a policy of destroying some to treat others.
The Victorian Government has declared that it will set up "tolerant zones" for street prostitution in the Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda. The red light district will allow clients to take street workers to taxpayer-funded brothels. Public money will be used to establish the sex worker centres.