Drug policy priorities 'all wrong', says minister as he slams 'national disgrace'

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By Blake Foden
Updated September 21 2019 - 12:00pm, first published 6:30pm

ACT Corrections and Justice Health Minister Shane Rattenbury has labelled the increasing number of people in Australian prisons "a national disgrace", created in part by the treatment of drug use as a justice issue rather than a health one.

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Blake Foden

Canberra Times court reporter

As a journalist, I've covered everything from a royal tour and a terror attack to international sport. After stints in New Zealand, the UK and the Canary Islands, I returned to Australia in 2018. These days, I cover the ACT and Queanbeyan courts.