John Howard tee’s off at Cousins

Meanwhile, Prime Minister John Howard has weighed into the Cousins scandal, warning that the AFL must take a tough line on drugs.

He also described the latest strife to hit the Eagle as a tragedy for a great athlete.

“But I hope that the AFL is as tough as needs be in relation to the culture and attitude within the sport that brought it about,” he said this afternoon.

The Government has been critical of the AFL’s controversial three strikes illicit drugs policy – endorsing a zero tolerance approach to illegal drugs in all sports.

Mr Howard said he felt sorry for the star footballer’s family and he hoped the player was able to get a grip on his problem.

“I think it is a personal tragedy for a very talented young man,” Mr Howard said.


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