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Labor goes soft on drugs

May 19, 2016

Vincent Tarzia MP
Member for Hartley
Labor goes soft on drugs

The Weatherill Labor Government has today voted down a Liberal Bill to introduce tougher penalties for drug traffickers.
Liberal Member for Hartley, Vincent Tarzia, introduced a new Bill that would have created tougher sentences for people convicted of drug trafficking and other offences.
The Controlled Substances (Commercial Offences) Amendment Bill 2015 aimed to provide a maximum penalty of $500,000 or life imprisonment for a new offence – carrying on a business involving trafficking, manufacture, cultivation or sale of drugs.
As the law stands at the moment, an offender can only be sentenced to prison based on a specific instance of offending, not the totality of their offending.
The implementation of similar laws is a recommendation from the South Australian Supreme Court which said:
“The merits of adopting in South Australia a provision like s 5(1) of the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 (Qld) deserves the attention of the legislature.”
(R v Faehrmann; R v Moore; R v Price-Austin [2014] SASCFC 25 at [57])
“The only possible reason to explain why the Weatherill Labor Government voted down this Bill is because they are soft on drug crime,” said Mr Tarzia.
“The Weatherill Labor Government has simply ignored a recommendation from the South Australian Supreme Court.
“This is common sense law reform.”



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