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Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018 - Second Reading

28 November 2018

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 
legislation. 

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-
minimisation measure.

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 -

Members interjecting.

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.

Members interjecting.

Madam SPEAKER - Order.

Ms O'CONNOR - I remember when you and I both worked for Duncan Kerr. He 
would be appalled. 

Members interjecting.

Madam SPEAKER - Order. I ask the Labor frontbench to be more disciplined. 
Thank you.

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.