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Gutless Greens MP wants honesty in drug debate - won't be honest about her own usage.

I don't see how Ms Faehrmann can continue in her job as a NSW Legislator after so stridently and publicly admitting to breaking the law - without saying when and where she did it.  Her attempt to avoid the specific questions do her no credit - she comes across as what she is, just another gutless, whatever it takes politician trying to avoid the consequences of her illegal actions.

This is NSW Upper House Greens MP Cate Faehrmann making partial admissions about breaking the law by using illegal drugs.

Ms Faehrmann has also written an extensive piece published in Nine's Sydney Morning Herald today - here's an extract:

I remember vividly the first time I took MDMA. I was with friends at a club in Brisbane in the early 90s. We danced all night to house music, talked nonsense with strangers, deep and meaningfully with each other. A month or so later we did it again. And again.

As a university student I lived in share houses where the marijuana plants growing in the backyard were better cared for than the rest of us.

We knew there were risks but we were prepared to take them because having a good time was our priority.

The “Just Say No” message was around then too. We ignored it.

Since my 20s, I’ve occasionally taken MDMA at dance parties and music festivals. I know journalists, tradies, lawyers, public servants, doctors, police and yes, politicians (most well into their forties), who have done the same.

The vast majority of people who choose to take MDMA at a festival, or at a club or a private party, will do so safely and they'll enjoy it.

That's why we need pill testing and other harm minimisation measures to keep our young people safe. This means greater numbers of roving drug safety personnel and well-resourced medical tents at dance festivals. It also means less high-visibility policing and zero sniffer dogs which aren't stopping people bringing drugs into festivals. It's just making them engage in riskier behaviour.

Being honest about illegal drugs also means we would manage their risks in proportion to the risks posed by other drugs. The legal ones.

It’s beyond time for an honest discussion about drugs if we are to keep young people safe who choose to take them.

This means being honest about the nature and extent of drug use.

ENDS

Ms Faehrmann's central message is a call for honesty - for everyone but herself.

When asked the obvious time, date and place questions about her law-breaking, the questions that police would need to answer in any criminal charges:

Ms Faehrmann, 48, refused to answer when asked if she used MDMA or other recreational drugs while employed as a NSW MP.

"I have been prepared to admit I took drugs in my 20s and that continued into my adult life. I'm not willing to go down a line of inquiry into who, what, when, where, how for obvious reasons. I'm not going to go there," she said.

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"I'm not going to go there for obvious reasons".  The obvious reason is that she'd be exposing herself to criminal charges, the consequences of the choices she's made.

As I said at the start - she's just another hypocritical, self-serving, selfish politician.

PS - her political history confirms it - this from Wikipedia.

Between 2001 and 2005, Faehrmann worked as a media advisor and campaign coordinator for the Greens party in South Australia, New South Wales and New Zealand.

She was preselected to fill the casual vacancy left by the resignation of Lee Rhiannon and took her place in the NSW Legislative Council in September 2010.

Following the 2011 state election, Faehrmann published a controversial opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald in which she was critical of the Greens' campaign strategy. She encouraged a period of internal reflection, writing: "The necessary soul searching is not just about the party's future fortunes. Climate change, the loss of native plants and animals, the need to foster healthy communities, the reduction of air and water pollution, and the creation of a sustainable economy, are urgent challenges. We must be a party of government within one generation. If we are to reach our potential within the next couple of elections, we need to be honest about our mistakes and learn from them. The party's handling of the boycott, divestment and sanctions policy against Israel was an unnecessary distraction from issues relevant to a state election."

As a member of the Legislative Council, Faehrmann's portfolio responsibilities within the Greens included: Environment, Transport, Healthy Lifestyles (incl. Dental Health, Drugs and Harm Minimisation), Roads and Ports, Status of Women, Sexuality and Gender Identity, Multiculturalism and Animal Welfare. As of May 2011 all NSW Greens MPs share portfolio responsibility for climate change.

Faehrmann was preselected in a statewide postal ballot of members to be the Greens lead Senate candidate for NSW in the 2013 federal election. For this reason she resigned her seat from the NSW Parliament in June 2013, to prepare for the coming election. Faehrmann's vacated seat was filled by fellow Greens member, Mehreen Faruqi. Faehrmann failed to win a Senate seat.

In 2014, Faehrmann replaced Bob Brown as chairperson of Sea Shepherd Australia.

On 25 May 2015, she was announced as the chief of staff to newly-appointed Greens leader, Richard Di Natale,but left that post in March 2018, reportedly aiming to take the soon-to-be-vacant seat of Mehreen Faruqi in the NSW Legislative Council. She returned to the Council in August 2018.

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