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The Case for Legalising Drugs - Thursday October 6th, Macquarie University, Sydney

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Hey guys & gals,

I thought some of you from the Sydney area may be interested in this public forum/discussion evening.



Speaker Bios:

Speaker Details

Paul Cubitt is the president and founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) Australia. He now works on a casual basis after serving over 10 years as a correctional officer. Through his work, Paul has gained exposure to a broad range of offenders, particularly memorable were gang members and individuals who had profited at the expense of drug abusers. He worked up to the level of Deputy Governor. As a correctional officer in a rehabilitation unit Paul realised how little he know about his client base and this led him to gain formal qualification in D&A Services. This also led him to forming LEAP Australia. Paul is adamant that drug prohibition does not work and harms users‟ human rights. It also allows some groups and individuals to profit from an unregulated market where violence and other criminal activities prosper. Paul would like to see the ethical perspective on drug policy put in its proper place, within a regulated framework by governments, as a personal choice for adults and as a health issue for abusers. Paul has a Bachelor of Business and Graduate Certificate in Correctional Management.

Joseph Kim has been involved with the reduction of illicit drug-related harm since the concurrent but ephemeral establishment of the heroin glut and „warehouse party‟ scene in late-Nineties Australia. Spurred by the positive HIV diagnosis of a close friend, the interconnectedness of the issues soon became apparent, with the illicit drug use of his early adolescence, the positive drug experiences shared with young friends, misleading drug education, corrupt global politics, historical reinterpretations and social exclusion all coming together in the same complicated, intensive „web‟. For Joseph, the SSDP event takes place following nearly two decades of Community Development work with People Who Use Drugs Illicitly (PWUDI) and he now seeks to use both personal and professional experience to inform his current role as the Policy & Advocacy Coordinator with the NSW Users & AIDS Association (NUAA). Joseph aims to facilitate the participation of PWUDI in the formulation of drug policy, whilst also seeking to develop an interest amongst PWUDI in an area that has traditionally (and maybe intentionally) been developed in isolation.

Dr Marianne Jauncey was appointed to the position of Medical Director at the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in August 2008. Dr Jauncey is a Public Health Physician and has worked in the drug and alcohol field for over a decade. She has previously worked as a drug and alcohol doctor in Kings Cross, having spent four years at the Kirketon Road Centre where the primary focus is injecting drug users, sex workers and youth at risk. She has also worked at a number of Area Health Services around NSW, at the NSW Dept of Health, and at the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research. Her particular research interests include increasing access to hepatitis C treatment for injecting drug users, drug overdose, and the physiological changes that occur after drug injection. She is very committed to the Sydney MSIC and the work that it does.

Nicholas Cowdery was the Director of Public Prosecutions for NSW from 1994 to 2011. Prior to that he was a Barrister in private practice and before that a public defender in Papua New Guinea. He was appointed QC in 1987 and served as an Associate (Acting) Judge of the District Court of NSW for periods in 1988, 89 and 90. He appeared in notable prosecutions such as those of the late Justice Murphy of the High Court and of the late Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen of Queensland. He is a past President of the International Association of Prosecutors (and holder of its Medal of Honour) and was founding Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. He is the author of “Getting Justice Wrong: myths, media and crime” (Allen & Unwin, 2001) and was appointed a Member in the Order of Australia in 2003 for his services to the development and practice of criminal law, and to fostering international relations in the area of human rights. He now holds professorial appointments at several universities and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

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i saw the first one that they held last year. bloody brilliant, and apparently they won a macquarie uni union award for best event in 2010. any self-respecting ethnohead would be pretty chat to miss this one i reckon.

meeeeister danger! meister danger! is it true that you'll be attending, and if so, will you be signing autographs of your nude calendar?:wub:

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