"In 1988 the United States Congress passed laws declaring improbably that the USA would be 'drug free' by 1995.
In 1998 the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs committed itself to the implausible goal of eradicating the trade in heroin and cocaine within a decade—at a time when global heroin production had trebled and global cocaine production had doubled.
Somewhere in Australia, almost every year for the past quarter-century, there has been a royal commission or other major official inquiry into the illicit drug industry.
The Australian government spends millions of dollars on attempting to control the illicit drug trade. Almost 85 per cent of these funds are allocated to law enforcement; 5 per cent goes to treatment and 10 per cent to prevention and research. Meanwhile the drug industry in Australia grows bigger and richer every year, and as a result our rates of addiction, crime and death continue to rise.
Drugs and Democracy examines Australia s unsuccessful attempts to control the illicit drug industry, and discusses how—within the confines of our liberal democratic values and culture—we could improve our strategies."
A valuable snapshot of the current state of drug policy in Australia. "Australian Book Review""
|Introduction: Broadening the Political Agenda||p. 1|
|The Global Heroin and Cocaine Trade||p. 15|
|Drug Trafficking in South-East Asia: Security Issues||p. 36|
|Illicit Drugs in Australia: An Overview||p. 57|
|The History and Politics of Prohibition||p. 85|
|Balancing Individual Rights and Community Norms||p. 100|
|Impacts upon Social and Political Life||p. 114|
|Evaluating the National Drug Strategy||p. 127|
|The National Drug Strategy: A Safe Set of Words?||p. 139|
|Harm Reduction||p. 149|
|Law Enforcement and Accountability||p. 163|
|Developing More Effective Responses||p. 183|
|International and Regional Control Bodies||p. 211|
|Selected Australian Statistics||p. 216|
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Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 29th February 1996
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 21.6 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1