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Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Page: 268

Senator LAMBIE (Tasmania) (16:26): I seek leave to make a one-minute statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator LAMBIE: Like all members of this chamber, my heart goes out to all families who have been affected by drug overdose. While I agree with the majority of the points in this motion, I will not support it, because of the final call to action found in point (b)(iv), which tries to stop the use of drug sniffer dogs at festivals. More families would feel the heartache of losing loved ones from drug overdoses if we listened to the Greens. The Greens policies on illegal drugs do harm. Their attempt in this motion to make it easier for our younger people to access dangerous drugs is plain reckless. My policy of giving parents the power to involuntarily detox their drug addicted children will truly lessen the chance of harm and overdoses. Getting rid of drug sniffer dogs would cause the same outcome as the Greens policy to decriminalise ice. Both would lead to more addiction, more harm and a hell of a lot more misery.