Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 March 2021) . . Page.. 587 ..
MR DAVIS: I table the following paper:
Health and Community Wellbeing—Standing Committee—Inquiry—Review of ACT health programs for children and young people—Terms of reference.
Drugs of Dependence (Personal Use) Amendment Bill—Select Committee
Statement by chair
MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (12.04): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Select Committee on the Drugs of Dependence (Personal Use) Amendment Bill 2021. The committee was established by resolution on 11 February 2021 to examine the Drugs of Dependence (Personal Use) Amendment Bill 2021 and any related matter. The committee has decided that, in addition to an examination of the terms of the bill, it will inquire into the following related matters:
a) best practice policy approaches and responses undertaken in other jurisdictions, including internationally, to reduce harm and societal impacts from drugs;
b) the health, criminal justice and social impacts of current policy and legislation approaches to drug use in the ACT (including the ACT government’s ACT Drug Strategy Action Plan 2018-2021);
c) the adequacy and implementation of the ACT government’s current funding commitments to support drug control and harm reduction;
d) opportunities and challenges for community-based and community-controlled organisations, programs and initiatives to reduce harm from drugs (for example a clinically supervised drug consumption site in the ACT);
e) issues specific to the drug rehabilitation and service sector (covering alcohol and other drug services) including the following:
i) identifying current strengths and weaknesses in the sector;
ii) assessing current and future demands;
iii) recommending services, referral pathways and funding models that will better meet people’s needs;
f) the availability, access and implementation of best practice drug education material to enable and support prevention, early intervention, and community safety.
The committee may yet identify further related matters in the course of its inquiry and reserves the right to inquire into those matters also. The select committee considers that the matters outlined cannot be separated from a detailed and holistic examination of the policy underpinning the bill, as well as the potential social and legal consequences associated with changes to the Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 proposed by the bill.
The select committee also acknowledges that many of the matters forming part of the scope of its inquiry are matters relating to health and community wellbeing—an area