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Safe injecting rooms

Do Victorian towns need safe injecting rooms?

Ambulance Victoria chief Tony Walker says paramedics support the introduction of a “safe” drug injecting room.

Mr Walker explained what happened when they attending overdoses in the street.

He said the room would keep users and paramedics safe and also free emergency services up to deal with other cases.

“The reality of the safe injecting room trial is that it has the potential to save 35 lives,” he said.

“If you look at it as a health emergency – a health crisis – we are very supportive of it.

“It also supports our paramedics. We are attending in the City of Yarra 400 overdoses in a 12 month period.”

KENNETT QUITS

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UPDATE: Politics before people. Jeff Kennett has rubbished claims he’s playing politics with lives by quitting Daniel Andrews’s major drug trial in the fallout of the red shirt rorts.

Instead, he told Neil Mitchell it’s a one-man stand against the deterioration of political standards.

The former premier was appointed to oversee Melbourne’s safe injecting room trial, but he’s quit furious over the misuse of taxpayer funds.

“It’s just one man’s expression of that concern,” he said, saying he felt conflicted sitting on the committee.

“Someone somewhere … is actually going to stand up and say we’ve had enough of this sort of stuff.”

“They’re playing the politics, that’s fine, I understand that. But my decision was not political,” he said.

MPs, including Mr Andrews, say Jeff Kennett is playing politics.

“I didn’t take (the position) because it was a political decision, I took it because I thought it was the right thing to do.

“I leave it because I thought it was the right thing to do.”