Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has questioned what Tony Abbott’s ice taskforce will achieve and appealed for “courageous” leadership on the bigger problem of alcohol. Mr Kennett has called for a total ban on alcohol advertising and sponsorships, saying the key to tackling the ice epidemic is education. His stand was endorsed by the president of the Australia Drug Law Reform Foundation, Alex Wodak, who said he found it hard to take the setting up of the ice taskforce seriously.
“It’s hard to not take the view that he [Mr Abbott] is a politician desperately fighting for his political survival, whose thought bubble for the day is, ‘Look over here at this shiny thing I’ve just done’,” Dr Wodak said. As Mr Abbott announced the taskforce on Wednesday, Mr Kennett took to social media to brand alcohol the “biggest mind-changing drug” and contributor to road deaths, “lethal king hits” and domestic violence.
– Michael Gordon, The Sydney Morning Herald