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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 September 2019) . . Page.. 3878 ..


Secondly, it is the impact on drug driving. That is a concern that has been articulated by the Chief Police Officer and also by the Australian Federal Police Association. They are concerned that increased cannabis use, the view that this is now legal, will increase the number of people on our roads who are affected by cannabis or who have consumed cannabis, are no longer affected, but who may come up active on a test and receive a criminal penalty as a result, which surely is not a wish that any of us in this place would have.

Third is the conflict that remains with federal legislation. I note the workaround. It is convoluted; it is confusing; it is ambiguous; and it puts an enormous strain on our already stretched police force to deal with a complex workaround legislative instrument such as this. I think that if you have a law that has to be structured in this way, it should be a warning that this is a bad law.

I would like to thank my own staff for the work they have done. Mr Ian Hagan has helped me navigate the warring amendments that we have dealt with today. I also thank the Chief Minister’s office for the briefing we received from his staff with regard to those amendments. The Canberra Liberals will not be supporting this legislation as amended. It is a better bill than the one we started with today, but it remains a bad bill.

Title agreed to.

Question put:

That this bill, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 10

Noes 7

Mr Barr

Mr Pettersson

Mr Coe

Mr Wall

Ms J Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Steel

Mrs Jones

Mr Gupta

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Le Couteur

Ms Lawder

Ms Orr

Mr Milligan

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Mental health—services for the deaf and deafblind

Debate resumed.

MS ORR (Yerrabi—Minister for Community Services and Facilities, Minister for Disability, Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety and Minister for Government Services and Procurement) (4.11): I rise today in support of


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