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Media Release - Kew residents terrified by Ice injecting room next door in Richmond

   Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Today, reports exposed Labor’s plan to allow methamphetamine, or Ice, to be used in its North Richmond drug injecting room.

This followed a promise from Daniel Andrews’ Mental Health Minister Martin Foley that

"…methamphetamine and ice will not be allowed. It's a different type of drug and a different type of risk that comes with it" (The Age, 31 October 2017)

Victorians couldn’t trust Daniel Andrews when he promised in 2014 that he wouldn’t introduce a drug injecting room in our state.

Daniel Andrews has lied before on drug injecting rooms and he will lie again.

How can we believe Daniel Andrews when he says he won’t introduce one in our neighbourhood?

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Emma Kealy:

“Daniel Andrews’ drug injecting room will destroy lives, not save them.

“Daniel Andrews and his Labor MPs have been caught out lying too many times on injecting rooms and we all know it’s only a matter of time before Daniel Andrews’ plan includes opening drug injecting rooms in suburbs like Kew, Balwyn and Balwyn North.”

Comments attributable to Member for Kew, Tim Smith:

“Our community should not have to put up with having an Ice injecting room less than a mile from Kew.

“Today, I have been spoken to by a number of very concerned local residents of the Kew electorate, who are scared about what an ice injecting room in the vicinity of many schools, homes and shops will mean for public safety in Kew.

“Ice addicts are often violent, dangerous and out of control and risk the safety of our local community. They will simply leave this injecting room in Richmond, walk 15 minutes to Kew or catch a tram to Kew East, Canterbury, Deepdene, Balwyn or North Balwyn and commit increasingly violent crime.

“I will be working hard with my local community to stop Labor’s stupid and irresponsible plan for an ice injecting room so close to the suburb and electorate of Kew.”