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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (8 March) . .

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ACT Policing—drug testing

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the minister for police. On 5 March 2016 the Canberra Times reported that an ACT doctor was planning to provide a service to test illegal drugs for sale or distribution at public events with or without government approval. Minister, have you or any of your directorates been approached to seek permission to test illegal drugs for sale or distribution at public events in the ACT?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Doszpot for the question. Not to my knowledge, no. But I would point out to Mr Doszpot that my understanding is that the doctor in question was proposing to undertake such activities in New South Wales; I understand particularly in Sydney. Therefore, the question of approvals or otherwise does not arise in the ACT context.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what is the government's position concerning the testing of illegal drugs for sale or distribution at public events in the ACT?

MR CORBELL: The government has no plans to pursue regulation or otherwise of this matter, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, have you received any advice concerning police action to ensure that testing of illegal drugs for public sale or distribution does not occur in the ACT?

MR CORBELL: The existing provisions of the law would apply if those circumstances arose. As I indicated to Mr Doszpot earlier, my understanding is that the doctor that Mr Doszpot refers to was commenting on his intention to potentially be involved in such testing in New South Wales, not in the ACT.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, are you aware if the ACT police have referred the matter to New South Wales police for investigation?

MR CORBELL: No, I am not, Madam Speaker. In any event, it would be an operational matter for the police.

Housing—government purchases

MR COE: Madam Speaker, I have a question for the Chief Minister in his capacity as Minister for Urban Renewal. Today's Canberra Times states that the government has purchased 203 dwellings from the private sector. Chief Minister, what legislative instrument is being used to authorise the acquisition of these properties?


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