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Monday, 13 February 2017
Page: 668

Senator DI NATALE (VictoriaLeader of the Australian Greens) (16:03): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 190 standing in my name for today relating to illegal substances.

Leave granted.

Senator DI NATALE: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) sends its sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the three young Australians who tragically died last month in Melbourne after overdosing on pills they believed to be MDMA;

(b) notes the recent reports that Victorian Police tested the pills subsequent to the deaths, but current government policy prevents the release of this information which would prevent people from taking these extremely dangerous substances; and

(c) calls on the Government to urgently introduce effective harm minimisation strategies and work with state and territory governments to introduce pill testing trials and early warning systems to allow young Australians to access critical information about the drugs they are considering taking.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that the amended motion moved by Senator Di Natale be agreed to.