Jon Stanhope’s continuing efforts to stave off roadside drug testing have seen him bring in the police and the human rights commission:
The ACT Government has referred the Liberals’ random roadside drug driving Bill to the Chief Police Officer and the ACT Human Rights Commissioner following revelations that Mr Hanson failed to consult the very authorities who would be responsible for its administration.
“The Liberals and the Greens Party have come to an agreement to urgently pass Mr Hanson’s roadside drug testing Bill with Greens amendments, however my advice is that the Bill contains serious deficiencies,” Chief Minister and Minister for Transport Jon Stanhope said today. “The major concerns relate to an incorrect understanding of how drug testing swab kits work and the processes that follow to confirm a positive result.
“These flaws could have been avoided if the Liberals had consulted ACT Policing and the ACT Government Analytical Laboratory – the very authorities who would be responsible for administering such a scheme.
“Instead they have essentially just re-packaged a flawed scheme proposed by former Liberal MLA Steve Pratt on more than one occasion.
“The Government has also written to the ACT Human Rights Commissioner, Dr Helen Watchirs, seeking advice on the possible human rights implications of the Liberals’ Bill.
There’s also an exposure draft of a government bill out there.