More than 80 per cent of Age readers responding to an online survey believe that the illegal drug problem would be best addressed with decriminalisation, rather than the failed criminalisation path.
Julia Gillard, our tone deaf, off in some other drone-like universe, Prime Minister disagrees - with no equivocation, of course; because she never equivocates, does she, not on anything, no matter how wrong she is, off she goes - where ever the people are not following, that's where we'll find Julia. Not far behind will be Wayne Swan and the rest of her parrot-happy cabinet chums.
Carr is an exception, in this instance, but his contribution to this particular debate was made prior to his entrance to federal politics, and he now says he will tow the party line.
Australia's war on drugs has failed (and so has everyone else's ... just ask more than 45,000 people murdered in Mexico each year; ooops, that's right, you can't ask them - count the bodies instead)
Gillard rejects calls for rethink on drug laws
Australia21 - The prohibition of illicit drugs is killing and criminalising our children and we are letting it happen