Skip navigation

Members Statement: Pill Testing

profile image
Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran
13 November 2019

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : I rise to speak in support of a pill testing scheme to be implemented here in Victoria. Yet more experts have come out in support of pill testing. The New South Wales coroner, Ambulance Victoria and Melbourne City Council, who host a number of festivals and events in their municipality, have come out in support and joined the City of Port Phillip in support of pill testing. So, as the summer festival season arrives, I again implore the state government to act. The Premier’s stubborn refusal to consider even the smaller proposal by Ambulance Victoria—where alerts would be put out on social media and other means alerting festival goers to the contents of severely dangerous drugs that the police have seized, which I believe actually occurs in other states already—is really getting absurd. The reality is that people are already taking recreational drugs. Pill testing schemes have demonstrated that if people are given the information about what is in their drugs and if there are highly dangerous substances they will not take them. The Premier’s suggestion that this is somehow the reverse is simply wrong, and the Leader of the Opposition should know that often having sniffer dogs actually results in people taking more drugs at the one time, which is of a higher risk. So my message for those who are opposed to it is: get over yourselves—it is time to act, reduce harm and save lives.

profile image
Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran
13 November 2019
SHARE:

WHAT I'M FIGHTING FOR


LATEST NEWS

Adjournment Matter Revitalising Our Shopping Strips

Mr. Hibbins (Prahran): My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Industry Support and Recovery, and the action I seek is for the minister to establish a unit within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions dedicated to revitalising our shopping strips across Victoria. Our local shopping strips need revival. They...

Public Transport should be accessible for all everyone

A damning Auditor-General report released today has revealed the Department of Transport will not meet its legislated targets for accessible tram infrastructure.   In 2018-19 alone, only 15 per cent of tram services delivered a low-floor tram at a level-access stop.   Victorian Greens spokesperson for transport, Sam Hibbins, said...

Matters of Public Importance: COVID-19

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): It is my pleasure to rise to speak to this matter of public importance today. If you had listened to the debate here and no doubt very much a lot of the public debate and the debate on social media, which I am sure we all spend...

Constituency Questions: Prahran Pop-Up Bike Lanes

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): My question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and I ask: will any of the recently announced $13 million for pop-up bike lanes be spent in the Prahran electorate? People who ride their bikes in the Prahran electorate are frustrated with the lack of safe bike...