Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment Bill 2015

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — The Greens will be opposing these amendments, just as we opposed this bill when it came before the house last year, because it represents a failed approach in tackling drug issues and drug addiction. If you think that simply lifting a maximum sentence from 20 to 25 years or creating these exclusion zones is going to have any impact, I think you are absolutely kidding yourself.

The minister says, 'Well, this is all part of ice. It is all part of targeting ice'. From my understanding, the bill does not specify which particular drugs are actually going to be covered under this legislation, and in fact what we are going to see are unintended consequences of young people actually being affected by these laws themselves, because it is young people at risk. If they happen to be involved in marijuana or other substances, they are the ones who are going to be at risk for prosecution as a result of this bill. We will be opposing these amendments, just as we opposed this bill.