drug users are represented
undertake a critical analysis of drug users represented
in an initiative enacted by the current Labor Government in Victoria (led by Premier Daniel Andrews) as part of its drug policy. I
aspects of drug related crime that are discussed, analysed and evaluated
evaluate the policy response of a contemporary government against the context of what you have learned. You will consider such questions as:
How does the columnist / government represent drug use in the policy document (i.e. is drug use recommended for medical reasons? Of benefit to individual well being?;
Does the opinion piece / policy reflect the nature of drug use throughout the community or is it designed to counter a representation of drug use?
What means does the columnist / government use to construct the representation?
Does the article / policy reflect a commitment to evidence-based policy? Why / why not?
E.g. Does it reflect the relative harm caused by drugs regardless of legal status?
Would the approach recommended in the article / policy reduce (or exacerbate) the harm associated with illegal drug use?
Does government policy embody the universal application of the rule of law? Or is the policy discriminatory in its impact?