Posts by Ross Bell

  • Hard News: How harm happens,

    Oh, look what Helen just went and done:
    http://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/hc_jrh/

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 151 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How harm happens,

    No, that's Russell... He's a meany.

    Yes, we were critical of Labour's indifference to drug law reform in the lead up to the campaign... but they finally got there in the end (their Justice manifesto is clear on their intention to replace the Misuse of Drugs Act for example).

    And as we saw with Peter Dunne, wise people can become very good allies when equipped with good information.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 151 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How harm happens,

    For the first time in history (fact check?) The drug policy portfolio will be held by the Health Minister, not delegated. That's great. Now "let's do this."*

    * fully implement Law Commission recommendations

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 151 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What we learned yesterday…,

    It's worth highlighting that in Labour's justice manifesto it commited to replace the Misuse of Drugs Act (as per Law Commission).... we don't need to wait until 2020 for that.

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  • Hard News: What we learned yesterday…,

    The referendum is an opportunity... Not a perfect one, but we should make the best of it.

    And it's not the last word. We have other reforms we could achieve before 2020.

    And whoever is minister (unlikely JAG) we can work with them... Peter Dunne is a study in how good evidence sold well can shift someone's position.

    Let's not relegate drug policy to an associate outside of cabinet in a junior party (a la Anderton and Dunne). Having the Health Minister retain responsibility is great. And don't stop there: involve other senior ministers in it... like the justice minister for example. Make drug policy mainstream.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 151 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Laneway,…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    TBH, I’ve only just discovered their brilliance. Your post reminded me to play them, am doing that now to relax from my angry rant this morning about the other war on drugs.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 151 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Laneway,…,

    Yay! The War On Drugs.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 151 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Down the Hall…,

    I see they're using wine to keep the creative juices flowing, rather than other, more traditional, forms of music-making ingredients.

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  • Hard News: One big day at the drug symposium,

    Lloyd Burr on Newshub website makes the same error as herald/listener in his review of political parties. Aren't there rules about journalists getting basic facts/history correct?

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 151 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: One big day at the drug symposium, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Dunne has a response to NZ Herald and Listener:
    http://honpfd.blogspot.co.nz/2017/07/?m=1

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