Posts by Ross Bell

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  • Hard News: UNGASS 2016: No one believes…,

    My sense is that Peter Dunne is well aware of the need to put "boldness" into action. But like any reform efforts they're likely to be evolutionary (although, as I said on the telly last night, never say never). Russell, I think you're one of the few commentators who has figured out that Minister Dunne is on a reform pathway... hopefully more people see the direction he's heading.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Talking past each other:…,

    Great article. I agree. For the record the Drug Foundation did provide feedback on the alcohol and e-cigarettes chapters.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The place where things happen…,

    I'm now claiming that this was the best thing to come out of last week's UN drug summit:

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  • Hard News: BRB, at UNGASS,

    You can imagine the diplomatic wrangling that led to that decision. Certain people fear countries showing up at NY and trying to renegotiate the weak outcomes document. Remembering that this was drafted in Vienna where most countries don't have missions.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: BRB, at UNGASS,

    Here's an interesting/cynical piece of news: the new agenda for UNGASS has member states approving the "Outcomes Document" (ie the usual 'declaration' one gets at these hui) on the morning of day 1!! They're approving the minutes at the start of the meeting rather the end. Go figure.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: BRB, at UNGASS,

    Shit! Is UNGASS next week?

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Approved by lunchtime,

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: UNGASS and the "Drug Free…, in reply to nzlemming,

    Check out that good looking and wise guy at 2.19 and again at 7.13 :)

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Helen Kelly's letter, in reply to linger,

    Yep.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Helen Kelly's letter,

    There's a conundrum here right: we want our drug policy decisions to be made on good evidence (vs ideology); Minister Dunne is trying to do that (the medical cannabis science is still very contested), and we get grumpy at him for it.

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