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Greens leader Richard di Natale says it’s not the AFL’s job to police drugs

Tom Elliott
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Richard di Natale says it’s not up to the AFL to prosecute illicit drug use.

It was recently reported that 11 Collingwood players tested positive to illicit drugs over the off-season.

But the Greens leader told Tom Elliott there is a ‘significant’ difference between performance enhancing drugs and other drugs.

‘The AFL is not a policing body,’ Mr di Natale said on Tuesday.

‘We don’t want them to police people who are jaywalking, I don’t know why this is any different.’

Mr di Natale said the evidence is clear that the zero-tolerance approach to drugs doesn’t work.

‘Some countries have the death penalty for drugs and people still use them,’ he said

Mr di Natale also said arguments that the Greens are trying to ‘get rid of Easter’ are creating a ‘straw man’. 

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