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Gino Vumbaca

President of Harm Reduction Australia

Gino Vumbaca is the President of Harm Reduction Australia.
Drug Policy Based On Fear Means Everyone

Drug Policy Based On Fear Means Everyone Loses

Unlike many policies which tend to rely on modelling and produce endless disputes about assumptions and bias, drug policy discussions can draw upon real life experiences and much evidence. But depressingly, rarely in public policy development does evidence so easily get overridden by personal crusades and unfounded beliefs as happens with drug policy.
24/06/2016 5:56 AM AEST
We Need A Level Playing Field For Illicit Drugs

We Need A Level Playing Field For Illicit Drugs Policy

If your answer is zero tolerance, then advocate to do it properly and fairly. Everyone should be tested regularly and if a positive test results, they should be publicly named, arrested, charged and have their future employment and travel opportunities restricted. Is this really the sort of the world you want to live in?
14/04/2016 5:45 AM AEST
When It Comes To Handling Drugs, We Need To Be

When It Comes To Handling Drugs, We Need To Be Transparent

If Australia takes the weak approach of just wanting to fly under the radar and offend no-one on this critical issue, then all that will be achieved is an exorbitant travel bill for bureaucrats to travel to New York for the meeting.
22/03/2016 7:44 AM AEDT
The War On Drugs Has Become An Embarrassment Of Orwellian

The War On Drugs Has Become An Embarrassment Of Orwellian Proportions

Australia needs a new approach. We need to learn the lessons of history and to understand the evidence of what is happening in the world around us. Death penalties, harsh sentences and increased policing have done little in our region to curb drug use and the many harms it creates
16/02/2016 5:23 AM AEDT
Getting Tough On Crime Needs A Softer

Getting Tough On Crime Needs A Softer Approach

The current political and community discussion on prisons appears to be quite logical. Too many prisoners means building more prisons. The problem is that it doesn't solve the problem and doesn't improve community safety. In fact it achieves very little of what people think it will achieve.
09/02/2016 5:03 AM AEDT