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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 11 April 2018) . . Page.. 1264 ..

MS FITZHARRIS: I have received the data review and will be discussing it with my colleagues.

Drugs—pill testing

MR HANSON: My question is to the Attorney-General and relates to an article on 31 March, 2018 entitled “ACT government, Groovin the Moo promoter in stalemate over pill testing”. Attorney, the article reports that a letter from the Groovin the Moo promoter states that their support for a pill testing trial was contingent on a list of requirements being met. The article states:

It’s understood some of the demands can’t be met under current ACT laws.

Attorney, what are the demands of the promoters and what are the laws that mean they cannot be met?

MS FITZHARRIS: I might take that question. It is the case that pill testing can take place in the ACT under existing laws. It would be fair to say that Groovin the Moo had requests which no government, under any law in Australia, could agree to and that was to effectively give them immunity from any action undertaken.

MR HANSON: Minister, will the government table all correspondence relating to pill testing at Groovin the Moo between the government, the promoters or other stakeholders?

MS FITZHARRIS: I will take the question on notice. In relation to my correspondence I would be pleased to table that. I think Mr Hanson asked for correspondence from them. I will need to take further advice on whether I am able to do that.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, will you also table any advice that you have received on any aspects of the pill testing in the Assembly by the end of this week?

MS FITZHARRIS: Certainly I will take the question on notice and take that under consideration. I am not in the chamber tomorrow so I would be reluctant to agree to that in my absence. But I will take it on notice and look to provide some correspondence by the next sitting.

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders—Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, in addition to the $11.7 million spent on the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm, taxpayers are now footing the bill for ongoing operational costs to run a centre that you report has hosted only 10 clients since opening in August 2017. We know that ACT taxpayers are shelling out nearly $8,000 a week for 24/7 security. Minister, what are the other operational costs of running the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm?

MS FITZHARRIS: I do not have those to hand, so I will take the question on notice.

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