Skip navigation

Question without notice: Pill Testing

profile image
Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran
23 February 2017

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My question is to Minister for Mental Health. Before Christmas the Greens asked the Premier about pill testing and reporting, which the Premier declined to support. Since then, over one weekend there were a number of hospitalisations as result of people taking recreational drugs, some in nightclubs in the Prahran electorate. Three people died. There was a drug-related death at the Rainbow Serpent music festival, and just this weekend there were over 20 hospitalisations at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Minister, in light of these deaths and hospitalisations and the risk of further incidents, will the government now implement a pill-testing and reporting regime in Victoria to reduce harm and help prevent deaths?

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — On a supplementary question, in regard to the deaths that occurred over the weekend of 14 January, the drugs in question were seized by police, they were tested by the police and information was distributed internally that these drugs were being sold as MDMA but actually contained a much more dangerous substance. Why was this information — potentially life-saving information — not made public and not released to the public at large, and will the government ensure that such information is released in the future?

For more information regarding this issue, click here. 

profile image
Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran
23 February 2017
SHARE:

WHAT I'M FIGHTING FOR


LATEST NEWS

PARLIAMENT

Grievance debate: Cost of living

 I rise to speak on the grievance debate today, and I want to grieve for those Victorians who are struggling with the cost of living—Victorians who are being pushed to the margins and Victorians who are being pushed, essentially, off the metaphorical cliff. There are rising costs, flatlining wages. There...

PARLIAMENT

Members statements: Prahran electorate

It is an absolute privilege to serve as the member for Prahran, as our local member of Parliament. I love Prahran. It is a thriving, vibrant, diverse community, with Chapel Street as its social and economic heart. It has been my home for well over a decade, from when I...

PARLIAMENT

Question without Notice: South Yarra public housing

Mr HIBBINS: My question is for the Minister for Housing. Minister, Azra has lived in South Yarra’s public housing towers for 17 years. In that time her home has never been upgraded. She is forced to stuff old newspapers to fill gaps in the windows to keep the cold out,...

PARLIAMENT

Adjournment: Rent controls

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, and the action I seek is for the minister to protect renters with controls on rents, improved standards and more secure leases. Around 60 per cent of people in Prahran are renters, and renters need a fair...