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Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018 - Second Reading
Ms O'CONNOR (Clark - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I will be
brief because there are only 10 minutes left of this debate. I want to
provide Dr Woodruff with an opportunity to briefly wind up, if possible.
When Ms Haddad spoke, a person came into the front of my mind and that was
Peter Garrett. Peter Garrett went into the Labor Party thinking he could
change the Labor Party. What happens to people who go into the Labor
Party thinking they can change it? The Labor Party changes them. I
flagged the pill testing legislation we are debating today at the state
conference in September. We have spoken about pill testing in this place
on a number of occasions; it is our policy, it is Labor's policy and we
have this garbage from Ms Haddad, from a party that says health is their
number one priority, yet they are abandoning young people on this
It is evidence-based legislation and it is soundly drafted. Opposition
parties were offered a briefing and did not accept it. We have Ms Haddad
talk about harm-minimisation and the needle and syringe program. For
goodness sake, a safe, effective, legal pill testing regime is a harm-
Ms Haddad, they have done it to you before and they will do it again. The
Labor Party bloods its new members by making them do dirty, dishonest
stuff. What they did in the blooding of Lisa Singh in the Lennon
Government was to stand her up to ask a Dorothy Dixer on the pulp mill
because they knew she did not support it. They blooded her and they got
her. We see this from the Labor Party over and over again and it is so
frustrating. As a lawmaker in this place who has worked with the Labor
Party, who has been in here for 10 years, over and over and over again, I
see hand-wringing, bleating, waffle, and when a bill that would save young
people's lives is before this House -
Ms O'CONNOR - The Labor Party says that because the Liberals will not
support this legislation, they will not either. Gutless, gutless, gutless
. You should be embarrassed.
Madam SPEAKER - Order.
Ms O'CONNOR - I remember when you and I both worked for Duncan Kerr. He
would be appalled.
Madam SPEAKER - Order. I ask the Labor frontbench to be more disciplined.
Ms O'CONNOR - Thank you, Madam Speaker. I am passionate about this
because I am really worried about our children who go to festivals, and
they do take drugs. We can tell young people not to do this but it is
like telling them not to have unprotected sex. It does not work. They do
not listen to us, so we need to provide a safe, legal framework to save
the lives of young people.
The Falls Festival starts on 28 December this year and there will be no
safe pill testing regime in place. We could have enacted one if members
in this place were prepared to work together to save young people's lives.
This legislation is a health-based response. It is a harm-minimisation
measure. It is soundly drafted. If health was Labor's number one
priority, they would back this bill.