Page 5467 - Week 14 - Thursday, 30 November 2017

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MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (5.32), in reply: In the interests of time I will be brief in my conclusion. It has been an interesting discussion this afternoon. I welcome the thoughtful comments from the minister for health, who had to duck upstairs to attend to some other matters at the end of her remarks. I think the Liberal Party are wrong about this, and I do not think that is a surprise to anybody. In the real world young people are out there taking these drugs. I have never, ever said that this will make it safe, and it is certainly not the messaging the medical professionals involved use either. What it is about is trying to minimise some of the risk. That is why it is worth trialling this to see if it has a positive impact.

I have been very clear in all of my public remarks that taking drugs is not safe and ideally people would not do it. But they do, and I would rather they did not suffer potentially fatal consequences as a result. Mr Hanson highlighted in his remarks the father who had lost his daughter. It is a terrible tragedy for any family to go through that experience. I am motivated in this because I hope that in doing this we would avoid that tragedy for some families. That is what motivates me in this space. That is why I continue to advocate for this so strongly. And that is why I hope we will see it take place in the ACT. It is important that we take whatever steps we can to avoid those kinds of tragedies striking in our community. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 11

Noes 8

Mr Barr

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Coe

Ms Lee

Ms Berry

Ms Orr

Mrs Dunne

Mr Parton

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Jones

Ms Cody

Mr Steel

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Fitzharris

Ms Lawder

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Environment and Transport and City Services—Standing Committee

Report 3

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (5.40): I present the following report:

Environment and Transport and City Services—Standing Committee—Report 3—Draft Lower Cotter Catchment Reserve Management Plan 2017, dated 28 November 2017, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

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