You become a slave: calls for coercive control law

A Tasmanian woman has added her voice to calls to criminalise coercive control at a parliamentary inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence. Deborah Thomson, of Burnie, escaped a violent relationship 17 years ago. The physical abuse she suffered permanently impaired her vision and left her in need of brain surgery. However, she said in some cases the psychological impacts of the mental abuse had a greater impact on her life. Last week Ms Thomson fronted the House Standing Committee on So

'War on drugs' working but more still to do: stakeholders

Initiatives to curb ice usage on Tasmania's North-West Coast are working - with fewer young people using the illicit substances, Rural Health Tasmania says. Smithton was highlighted as an Australia-wide hotspot of methamphetamine usage in the mid 2010s, with reports that 10 per cent of drug users were turning to ice. The reports prompted immediate action from concerned community members and the state government.