HEALTH MINISTER CARMEL TEBBUTT NEEDS A REST

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sydney activist GARY BURNS has called for NSW Health Minister CARMEL TEBBUTT to resign in the wake of the scandal over the ‘how to take drugs’ booklet “Routes Of Administration” produced by ACON, formerly known as the AIDS Council of NSW.

Burns said that in light of Tebbutt’s failure to response to concerns over the booklet and other concerns about ACON – which have drawn widespread publicity in both the Fairfax and Murdoch press – Tebbutt should join the 22 other Labor MPs who have resigned ahead of the NSW State Election.

Burns said the NSW Government-funded Routes Of Administration booklet, which details numerous techniques for taking drugs including snorting, injecting and shafting (insertion into the anus), posed a threat to the lives of children.

“There may be an argument for this information to be presented to known drug users within the confines of an ongoing treatment program,” said Mr Burns.

“But to have this information available online for absolutely anyone to access is outrageous.

“The booklet gives very specific information on how to take all sorts of drugs and makes it look like a walk in the park. Kids could access it and end up dying in the gutter.

“Ms Tebbutt has a son herself. Being a mother, she should know better.

“Her own son could end up dead in the gutter because of her inaction as a minister in an elected government.”

Burns also questioned why the NSW Government had given ACON funds to produce the booklet when it claimed to be concerned about gay and lesbian welfare.

“Last week, the NSW Government announced a $250,000 program called Proud Schools to help combat homophobia in schools,” said Mr Burns.

“Well, what good are anti-homophobia measures to a kid who ends up stone motherless cold in the morgue because they’ve attempted to follow ACON’s drug booklet.

“The Routes Of Administration booklet is a step-by-step guide to killing yourself.”

Burns added that he was insulted that Tebbutt apparently thinks “all homosexuals are drug addicts who spend their time shooting up and shafting” and questioned why the gay community needed drug “education” over and above that provided to the general community.

“The Health Department already has its own drug education and harm minimisation initiatives. Why it supports ACON doing extra so-called drug education specifically for the gay community is beyond me,” he said. “After all, we’re not an endangered species.

“It makes us look like a pack of druggies, which we’re not.

“I don’t even take a Bex powder when I have a sickly migraine,” he said.

Mr Burns concluded: “Ms Tebbutt, it’s time to go. Everything and everyone has a use-by date,, just like the milk in your refrigerator. And it’s quite obvious, love, that you have reached yours.

“It’s time to call it a day, go home, put your feet up on the poof and have a rest.”

ENDS

More information:

To view ACON’s Routes Of Administration drug booklet, visit:
www.acon.org.au/alcohol-and-other-drugs/using-drugs/Routes-of-Administration

Media enquiries:
Gary Burns
(02) 9363 0372
0407 910 309
http://twitter.com/#!/garyburnsblog
http://garyburnsdiscriminationactivist.wordpress.com

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