Sentencing for Possession of Drugs in Australia
Australia has had a long history of substance abuse and the rise of drugs has been the topic of a nation-wide debate. This is evident through the rise of methyl amphetamine, highlighted by the ‘National Ice Taskforce’, formed in 2014.
Australia is still following laws that were set over 30 years ago in the ‘Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substance Act’ from 1981. Countries such as the UK have placed drugs into separate classes, differentiating based on the danger of drug by allocating it to a higher the class, creating a clear distinction between the level of punishment. However, in Australia, each individual drug has its own individual punishment. I have subsequently created a series of pie charts and posters to identify different drugs, highlighting the penalties when caught in possession of a certain substance. The motivation behind this piece was to both educate people and bring this confusing judicial system into the public eye.