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Chiefly broadsides in the drug driving battle

By johnboy - 30 June 2010 27

With the police arguing amongst themselves on drug driving our Chief Minister has gone rapid fire with his thoughts.

Late yesterday saw the first media release saying Liberals and Greens can’t handle the truth.

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said it was remarkable that both the Liberals and Greens had today criticised the Government for releasing the advice from the Chief Police Officer, which sets out numerous failings with the proposed law.

“First, the Liberals and Greens failed to consult properly or thoroughly on the contents of their fatally flawed law. Then, when the police pointed out the deep and unresolvable failings with the Bill, they have the gall to criticise the Government for making that advice public,” Mr Stanhope said today.

“They have actually suggested that it would have been better for the Government to remain silent, to allow the considered advice of the most senior police officer in the territory to sit on a file in a cupboard somewhere, to just let this unworkable and flawed Bill to become law.

“Oddly enough, the Government doesn’t believe it was elected by Canberrans to allow bad law to be enacted, when it has advice in its possession that clearly states that it is bad law.

“What kind of Government would do such a thing?”

(One really can tell when he’s writing them himself eh?)

Then this morning we had the Human Rights Commissioner’s advice released to Chiefly acclaim:

The Liberal-Greens drug-driving Bill would probably fail a Supreme Court challenge and was in breach of the ACT Human Rights Act, according to the ACT Human Rights Commissioner.

In advice handed to the Government the Commissioner, Dr Helen Watchirs, said she had a number of reservations about the human-rights compatibility of the Bill, which is likely to be passed today by the Liberals and the Greens, as well as concerns regarding its ‘practical implementation’.

In her advice the Commissioner said the Bill failed to adequately justify the power to randomly stop drivers for a drug test – a practice she pointed out was rare internationally – and that the lack of justification “could lead to a declaration of incompatibility if this issue was to come before the Supreme Court”.

Interesting times.

UPDATE: The Liberal Bill, with some amendments, has been passed.

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27 Responses to
Chiefly broadsides in the drug driving battle
Jim Jones 9:15 am 01 Jul 10

Cletus 3 said :

Anyone that uses the term ‘douche bag’ is an idiot. Especially if they’re not American. And conga-lines of butt-plugs? Thanks but I don’t want to know what all those cyclists do when they strip out of their lycra.

You do realise that English is a living, syncretic language that absorbs words and phrases from *all* English-speaking nations (yes, even including America), right?

You’ve never used the term ‘cool’? What about ‘rock and roll’ – that’s an American phrase.

Thumper 8:49 am 01 Jul 10

Wow, the Nero really has his angry pants on about this issue.

Seriously angry. As if someone has been stealing his milk from the assembly communal fridge.

CraigT 6:34 am 01 Jul 10

Dr Helen watchirs proves her complete superfluity:
“…the Bill failed to adequately justify the power to randomly stop drivers for a drug test – a practice she pointed out was rare internationally…”

How odd, there was me thinking drivers were already routinely stopped randomly for testing of their blood-alcohol levels.

What a waste of space she is.

In other news I read last week – inmates of the new you-beaut Human-Rights-Gaol in Symonston suffers an uncommonly high rate of assaults. Ergo, the gaol designed by Human Rights pinheads is in fact an *unsafe* place to put prisoners.

Anytime you get people blathering about Humjan Rights these days you can be pretty sure you’ve got an idiot on your hands.

Cletus 3 1:01 am 01 Jul 10

Anyone that uses the term ‘douche bag’ is an idiot. Especially if they’re not American. And conga-lines of butt-plugs? Thanks but I don’t want to know what all those cyclists do when they strip out of their lycra.

housebound 12:04 am 01 Jul 10

“Oddly enough, the Government doesn’t believe it was elected by Canberrans to allow bad law to be enacted, when it has advice in its possession that clearly states that it is bad law.
“What kind of Government would do such a thing?”

What kind of government indeed? Glass houses and stones.

RaidersMan 9:59 pm 30 Jun 10

Could someone please test Stanhope for drugs

Pork Hunt 9:51 pm 30 Jun 10

Felix the Cat said :

If there are ‘issues’ can’t the authorities look at other states or even other countries and see how they do it and copy them?

You could also look in the law book under “M” for “Murder” and copy other jurisdictions but even that is too hard for the ACT Gov…

Felix the Cat 7:58 pm 30 Jun 10

I don’t know about the technical ins and outs of roadside random drug tests but at face value it seems like a good idea not to have people driving while under the influence of drugs. If there are ‘issues’ can’t the authorities look at other states or even other countries and see how they do it and copy them?

p1 5:15 pm 30 Jun 10

As has been noted above, it has passed

One 4:48 pm 30 Jun 10

“Oddly enough, the Government doesn’t believe it was elected by Canberrans to allow bad law”

Funny that – given the so called Government gave its self a pay rise and the right of selective members to litter hate massages territory wide costing over $1m in proerty damage (not counting the loss in revinues from lack of work-cover, RTA fees, insurance, and ACT Government regulation fees imposed onto any other canberran citizen or business).

I also agree with ricci about the waste of time human rights (I would tack on a few more depts that have simply allowed the Government to remove the voice of people – which was replaced by lawiers from wonders like human rights just to push up cost of processing paperwork and keep a lucky few employed).

ricci 3:27 pm 30 Jun 10

The ACT Human Rights Commissoner is a waste of space, an unnecessary expense and an attempt by Stanhope to pretend that the ACT is a fully-fledged State. The money spent on maintaining her office could be used to help the homeless or put to some other more worthy cause.

Clown Killer 2:55 pm 30 Jun 10

Cue: idiots who think this Human Rights Act is actually worthwhile.

I suspect that would only work as a witty observation of misguided fervour if there was indeed anyone who came out in defence of the Human Rights Act, whereas:

Cue: Rabid incandescent rage from the conga-line of law-and-order butt-plugs and anti human rights douche-bags …

Has already flushed out one butt-plug and one douche-bag … or is it two butt-plugs …

Get over it.

PM 2:10 pm 30 Jun 10

Cue: idiots who think this Human Rights Act is actually worthwhile.

It’s only there so the Govt can hide behind someone else when they don’t want to support a policy. I mean, what about the right of the Legislative Assembly to make laws?

Get over it.

bd84 1:29 pm 30 Jun 10

Stanhopeless trying to get some cheap political points to hide the fact he has sat on his ass and done nothing with drug driving laws for years. Big deal, there were some amendments needed to the liberal’s bill to ensure it covered everything required for it to work adequately and legally enforceable on the advice of ACT policing. I believe that most bills require adjusting after consultation with those applying them and it looks like the bill has now been amended for these suggestions. Time for Stanhope to stfu and get off his high horse and enact the legislation.

Clown Killer 12:11 pm 30 Jun 10

Cue: Rabid incandessant rage from the conga-line of law-and-order butt-plugs and anti human rights douche-bags …

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