Health Youth Gippsland South Parliament

The Nationals support tougher ice laws

The battle against illicit drugs took another step in State Parliament recently when the Nationals supported tough new laws to combat the growing ice scourge.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment Bill 2015 introduced new offences and gave police additional powers in the fight against drugs.

“I, along with my Nationals colleagues, was pleased to support these amendments, in particular those which target people who deal ice or other drugs to children in or around school premises,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The Bill introduces new offences that deal with trafficking drugs of dependence to children and each new offence imposes a higher penalty for the particular criminal conduct when it occurs at or near a school.”

Mr O’Brien said the new offence of trafficking in a drug of dependence to a child at or near a school carried a penalty of up to 25 years imprisonment and the new offence of trafficking in a drug of dependence at or near a school carried a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment.

“This is another piece of a jigsaw that is extremely important in the continuing battle against drugs in our rural communities,” Mr O’Brien said.

“It sends a message to dealers that we are serious about drug issues, and that when our schools are targeted, we will not tolerate it.

“Through my discussions with local doctors, nurses, paramedics and police, I am well aware of the significant impact ice is having on users and our communities.

“Ice is causing significant harm in our local communities and I will continue to work for ways to address this.”

Read the legislation here.

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