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New Zealand News
This week in national news, United Future leader and Associate health Minister Peter Dunne has urged the Prime Minister to reconsider New Zealand’s current stance on drug control. Dunne insisted that the country should move to a Portuguese model for drug control, so that it eliminates gangs, reduces the prison population and allows better targeting of police money. Portugal decriminalized drugs in 2001 and has since seen a dramatic decrease in overdoses and criminal convictions. However, despite the positive change Portugal has experienced under less restricting policies, Prime Minister Bill English has rejected this proposal and reiterates that the National party has no interest in liberalizing the drug laws.
In other news, Schapelle Corby, Australia’s most notorious drug smuggler has arrived back in her home country. Corby was found trying to smuggle 4 kilograms of marijuana into Bali in 2004. Now, at the age of 39 after 9 years of imprisonment and relentless media obsession, her parole has expired and she has returned to Australia.