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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Calls for tighter petrol sniffing laws in WA

Date posted: 6 February 2012

The Central Australian youth link up service (CAYLUS), a Northern Territory-based substance use treatment group, has travelled to Perth to convince the Western Australian Mental Health Minister Helen Morton of the need for change regarding petrol sniffing laws.

CAYLUS put its case for tighter petrol sniffing laws to the Minister, describing WA's inhalant problem as a 'can of worms'. A coronial inquest into six deaths in the Kimberley last year recommended laws in WA be brought into line with those in the NT, where police can confiscate inhalants from addicts and take them for medical checks.

Coordinator Blair McFarland says they received an encouraging response from the Minister. 'She [Minister Morton] was quite receptive to what we had to say and hearing about how the Northern Territory has pretty much fixed its petrol sniffing problem,' he said. 'She was thinking about the implications for the legislation and where those people can be sent in Western Australia for treatment, which is not an insolvable problem.'


Central Australian youth link up service (CAYLUS)
4 Elder Street
Alice Springs NT 0870
PO Box 8070
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8951 4236
Fax: (08) 8952 8521

Minister Helen Morton's office
Ph: (08) 9213 7250


Last updated: 6 February 2012
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