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Richard Mulcahy comes for your pipe and bong

By johnboy 27 August 2008 111

[First filed: August 21, 2008 @ 09:19]

It is with a great deal of amusement that we note an ABC story in which one Richard Mulcahy MLA, formerly of the Tobacco Institute of Australia, is legislating for a ban on the sale of bongs, ice pipes and other drug paraphernalia:

    “Mr Speaker, this bill will not solve all issues related to illicit drugs in our community not even close,” he said.

    “It will however be a step in the right direction and enshrine in legislation the principle that the ACT does not believe that we should facilitate the use of illegal drugs”

Because if people are smoking this stuff anyway do you want them doing it with well constructed gear? Or something they’ve lashed together out of hoses and tin foil?

UPDATED: ABC radio reports that the Bill was supported by the Liberals but defeated by Labor and the Greens. The online report is now up.

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Skidbladnir 3:17 pm 17 Oct 08
Skidbladnir 12:12 am 28 Sep 08

So in order to stick a finger up at the Pathology Museum, I shall just have to torture them with the following link, courtesy of the Google Cache.

http://209.85.173.104/search?q=cache:UwIiinFWqTMJ:www.actpathology.act.gov.au/c/ap%3Fa%3Dda%26did%3D1011253%26pid%3D1064982933%26sid%3D+%22ACT+Pathology%22+%22ischaemic+hand%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=au

Stick that in your bong and smoke it, Dick.

Skidbladnir 12:07 am 28 Sep 08

Two minor updates:

The proposed amendment is now easily available online at http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/act/bill/cceab2008362/

Minor highlist, under this legislation, you could be arrested and sentenced to two years jail for selling or otherwise making available any combination of two of the following items:
(a) a glass bottle;
(b) a mirror;
(c) a razor blade;
(d) a scoop;
(e) a tube;
(f) any other item that can be used with an item mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (e) to prepare cocaine or introduce cocaine into a persons body.

Also, the Histopathology Museum has changed it policy of admittance from “The Pathology Museum may be viewed by the general public. However, some people may find it disturbing.” to “The Pathology Museum is open to school groups by appointment only. Other medical groups please contact the Anatomical Department.”

And they’ve taken down the online gallery, despite it being a useful public resource.
How many people ended up going to have a look?

jakez 4:18 pm 28 Aug 08

fnaah said :

ohhhkay…. i was making a light-hearted reference to you stating that you were making yourself sound crazy. No offence intended. Maybe I read that reference in the wrong way or something. If that’s not what you meant, then I’m sorry.

Oh okay that’s alright then. Sorry I’m a bit touchy about being called a crackpot. As someone who is a libertarian and who has some political ambitions in the distant future, it hits a nerve. It’s not easy being a libertarian, especially when (as johnboy said a week or so ago about the LDP) you often defend unpopular positions.

I wasn’t sure if you were playing on my own joke so I quickly put the shield up, particularly when in this instance I’m more enjoying the debate rather than trying to lead a crusade.

I’ll keep playing but it will have to be later tonight after I finish work.

Mick1965 4:02 pm 28 Aug 08

We really should legalise drugs.

fnaah 3:57 pm 28 Aug 08

ohhhkay…. i was making a light-hearted reference to you stating that you were making yourself sound crazy. No offence intended. Maybe I read that reference in the wrong way or something. If that’s not what you meant, then I’m sorry.

jakez 3:51 pm 28 Aug 08

fnaah said :

You are developing a twinge of crackpottedness there, jakez, but I’m still interested to hear your opinion on a few matters, which I’l get to shortly.

…I don’t want to play anymore. That’s not fair at all.

fnaah 3:25 pm 28 Aug 08

You are developing a twinge of crackpottedness there, jakez, but I’m still interested to hear your opinion on a few matters, which I’l get to shortly. Before I do though, I think you should be congratulated for staying civil, polite, and open-minded. I think others will agree that it’s a refreshing change for this site.

Back off topic. 😉

it’s a fundamental right

According to who? My study of the Constitution is pretty much limited to my knowledge of it’s existence, a quick skim of the wikipedia page, and what I’ve seen in The Castle, but I’m pretty sure we don’t have anything like the USAnians’ “Bill of Rights”. Where does the fundamental right to a firearm come from, and what protects that right?

Or are you suggesting that it’s more fundamental than that? Has the UN included a firearms provision in their universal declaration of human rights?

an important protection against tyranny

Um, okay. Sure. Democracy is great, you know? But just in case it isn’t, I reckon I should be able to reinforce my argument with some hot lead. What happens (and I’m just spitballing here) when clusters of same-thinking lunatics decide that they have the “right” to “overthrow tyranny”? I’m thinking particularly of the Cronulla riots.

an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man

As Johnboy said, it’s a variant of the Mutually Assured Destruction train of thought, which never made much sense to me – it is only stable when all parties can rationally see the inevitable consequence of starting a fight. When you’re talking about nations, there’s always a good chance that no one person is making rash decisions, or is not getting good advice. That doesn’t work so well with four drunk guys in a mexican standoff.

jakez 2:49 pm 28 Aug 08

Danman said :

Funny how if you can find it on google, you are automatically an authority in the chosen subject

I never said I was an authority and neither did Deadman, I’m doing a pretty lazy job of prosecuting the case, particularly in terms of statistical evidence. Although I have an overall libertarian interest in such issues, gun rights isn’t my issue of expertise. Dead and I are just having a bit of fun.

Skid: Back on topic? fine!

I want someone to ask Ben O’Neill what he thinks about this legislation. I know what he thinks about it but I want to see what he says considering he is one of Mulcahy’s running mates.

Skidbladnir 2:01 pm 28 Aug 08

Back on topic. 😛

Danman 1:31 pm 28 Aug 08

Funny how if you can find it on google, you are automatically an authority in the chosen subject

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