Skip navigation

Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug Ice Private Member's Statement

profile image
Cate Faehrmann
NSW Greens MP
27 February 2020

Ms CATE FAEHRMANN (15:09:59): I have before me a very important report that the Government has just released. It is the report of the special commission of inquiry into crystal methamphetamine and other amphetamine-type stimulants, or ice, which Special Commissioner Dan Howard, SC, has been inquiring into for the past 14 months at the request of Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

We were going to debate the report this afternoon., I understand the motion was going to pass and, in fact, the report was going to have to be released on Monday. I welcome the Premier recognising that and releasing the report today. The 1,400-page report contains excellent recommendations around how to deal with drug harm in New South Wales; unfortunately, the State Government has already come out with a measly three-page response. The foreword to the inquiry's report says:

This Inquiry has been able to make informed recommendations based on evidence of great integrity, gathered from the sworn testimony of witnesses in public and private hearings, from public and private submissions, from roundtable hearings, from requests for information issued to government agencies and other groups and bodies, and from enforceable summonses to produce documents and to provide evidence.

Some of the recommendations are what the Government feared and did not want to listen to, including that the it should introduce drug-checking services, which is also what the Deputy State Coroner found last year when she looked into music festival deaths. The commissioner has found, based on all of the evidence, that the Government needs to introduce a system of decriminalisation if it is going to stop drug deaths in New South Wales. The report also found that the Government needs to stop the system that we have of harassing people at music festivals and public transport stations with drug-detection dogs. Instead, in its three-page response the Government says:

The Government has consistently stated its position on a number of matters, set out below, and this will not change.

That is despite the fact that Premier Gladys Berejiklian asked a commissioner, Professor Dan Howard, to look into drugs and make recommendations about how to stop people from dying from amphetamine-type stimulants. We have the worst rate of dependence in the world, the numbers of deaths are increasing and the Premier has issued a statement saying that she will not take on board the key recommendations. Shame.

profile image
Cate Faehrmann
NSW Greens MP
27 February 2020
SHARE:

THE LATEST NEWS

Increase Fines for Big Irrigators who haven’t installed Pump Meters: Greens

Revelations that nearly half of New South Wales’ biggest irrigators have made no effort to install compliant meters six months after the deadline is yet another example of the National Party’s special treatment of corporate irrigators and shows that the penalties for non-compliance aren’t tough enough, says Cate Faehrmann Greens...

MEDIA RELEASE

Greens secure cross-party Inquiry into Floodplain Harvesting

A NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into floodplain harvesting has just been established after a successful motion this morning in the NSW Upper House by Greens MP Cate Faehrmann and water spokesperson in response to demands by the community for more transparency around the controversial practise. 

Media statement on RDT: David Heilpern

David Heilpern is a retired NSW Magistrate having sat in regional and rural NSW for over 20 years. He is an Adjunct and Practice Professor at Southern Cross University, and is Director of “Drive Change” an organisation dedicated to law reform in the area of drug driving, with particular emphasis...

MEDIA RELEASE

Police Caught Breaching RDT Procedures while Drug Testing Greens MP

Cate Faehrmmann, Greens MP and spokesperson for Harm Reduction and Drug Law Reform, has written to NSW Police Minister David Elliott and the Attorney-General Mark Speakman, calling for all tests conducted over the Nimbin Mardi Grass weekend in early May to be declared invalid after breaches by a NSW Police...


CAMPAIGNS