Walker, Frank 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2017
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1 Australia: She Raised $1M And Got SackedSun, 03 Feb 2002
Source:Sun-Herald (Australia) Author:Walker, Frank Area:Australia Lines:84 Added:02/04/2002

A determined mother who raised $1 million to set up a drug rehabilitation centre has been forced out after she was seen as too outspoken against drugs.

Swedish anti-drug campaigners have nominated Margaret McKay for a United Nations award, but the Swedes have also taken over the unique drug centre Mrs McKay founded near Port Macquarie.

Mrs McKay has spent the past four years raising money to start up a rural drug retreat based on a Swedish program she saw as the most successful way to get young people off drugs.

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2 Australia: Injecting Room: Leftie Aids NileSun, 11 Jun 2000
Source:Sun Herald (Australia) Author:Walker, Frank Area:Australia Lines:39 Added:06/14/2000

THE extreme Right and the extreme Left of politics will unite this week to attack the planned heroin injecting room trial in Kings Cross.

Arch-conservative Christian Democrat MP Fred Nile has enlisted the support of left-wing Swedish Green, MaLou Lindholm to tell his own "drug summit" that the NSW trial, due to start in October, will not work.

Ms Lindholm, a former Green MP in the European Parliament, said Sweden had learnt from experience that liberal drug laws led to more people getting hooked.

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3 Australia: 'Behave Or Else' Pact For AddictsSun, 02 Apr 2000
Source:Sun Herald (Australia) Author:Walker, Frank Area:Australia Lines:33 Added:04/05/2000

Methadone addicts will have to sign contracts promising good behaviour or they will be thrown off the program.

The move is aimed at preventing the 'honeypot' effect as the Government moves methadone programs from clinics to suburban chemists.

Patients will have to agree to random drug testing, and not to inject drugs, abuse or threaten health workers or hang around the chemists.

Special Minister of State John Della Bosca will announce today that methadone patients will have to sign contracts designed to curb antisocial behaviour.

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4 Australia: Chemists To Become Drug ClinicsSun, 13 Feb 2000
Source:Sun Herald (Australia) Author:Walker, Frank Area:Australia Lines:83 Added:02/13/2000

EVERY third chemist shop in Sydney will become a methadone distribution centre under government plans to disperse the "honeypot" effect of drug clinics through the suburbs.

More than 30 existing methadone clinics will be closed and replaced by suburban pharmacists who will hand out the drug to addicts. Methadone is used to help wean addicts off their heroin habit.

To meet the demand from thousands of addicts the number of pharmacists handing out methadone will have to rise by 60 per cent to around 500 shops - a third of the 1,500 chemist shops in NSW.

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5 Australia: Lib MP Backs Drug RoomsSun, 07 Nov 1999
Source:Sun Herald (MS) Author:Walker, Frank Area:Australia Lines:69 Added:11/10/1999

A veteran Liberal MP will not only defy his leader and support the Government's injecting room trial this week, but will also try to increase the number of rooms from one to four.

Kevin Rozzoli, a former Speaker of the NSW Parliament, will ignore orders from Liberal Leader Kerry Chikarovski for a united stand against the injecting room and cross the floor to vote in favour of the trial.

Mr Rozzoli said his strong belief that the trial would save lives meant he had to follow his conscience.

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