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  1. Slocombe

    Proposal to decriminalise drugs in Canberra

    I read that the amounts have been selected to be just under Federal trafficking thresholds.
  2. Slocombe

    Proposal to decriminalise drugs in Canberra

    I should add to this that the MLA that is proposing the change has put up an exposure draft for comment. I'm sure he would welcome constructive feedback.
  3. Canberra drug decriminalisation proposal should have been taken to election: Liberals The Canberra Liberals say Labor has blindsided Canberrans and should have taken its proposed drug decriminalisation laws to the October territory election. Backbencher Michael Pettersson says he will introduce a private members bill in the first sitting week of the Legislative Assembly next year. It would allow people to be dealt with through civil penalties for possessing drugs including heroin, ice and MDMA. Liberal leader and shadow attorney-general Elizabeth Lee said the party was open to working with the government on the proposed legislation, but the community should have been consulted before it was sprung on them. Mr Pettersson wants to introduce civil fines for possession of 2 grams of ice, cocaine and .5 grams of MDMA. Other drugs like LSD and amphetamines would also be included in the private members' bill. The consultation draft bill, seen by The Canberra Times, would allow police to issue $100 fines to people caught with drugs instead of charging them criminally. "The biggest concern we had is this comes less than two months after the ACT election, there was no indication whatsoever in the lead up to the election this was even on Labor's radar," Ms Lee said. "I'm very concerned there has been a complete lack of consultation with our health experts, with our legal experts and with various stakeholders including people who have experience in this space." Ms Lee said she supported any measures that would reduce the harms of drugs. "But I don't think it needs to be a mutually exclusive thing," she said. "On the one hand from a criminal justice perspective and on the other hand from a health perspective. I think there is scope and room for looking at it holistically." Ms Lee pointed to a motion Mr Pettersson put before the Assembly earlier this year. It resolved a feasibility study into partially decriminalising drugs would be completed by November 2021. She questioned why he was jumping the gun. Australian Federal Police Association president Alex Caruana says the organisation didn't necessarily oppose the idea, but questioned whether the ACT had the necessary diversion health programs in place. "There is also a large jump from cannabis, to MDMA and then to heroin and ice, which will require a lot more consultation and engagement," he said. "In relation to road safety, ACT Policing can't detect heroin, LSD or magic mushroom via a roadside drug test, so this will need to be addressed. Also, 2 grams of heroin is quite a lot; it's roughly $800 worth of drugs. "We also don't know what position the federal government may take on the matter. As previously mentioned, cannabis is one thing: ice and heroin is another matter." Mr Caruana was also disappointed Mr Pettersson had not consulted with the organisation before releasing the consultation draft legislation. "We've had some great early-day discussions with the ACT Greens on drug reform and raising the age of criminal responsibility. If the ACT Greens can consult before legislative work is done on matters, why can't ACT Labor members?" he said. Mr Pettersson says consultation can be done, and amendments made, while the bill is before the Legislative Assembly. Attorney-General and Greens leader Shane Rattenbury has so far declined to comment on the proposed legislation. But ACT Greens drugs spokesman Johnathan Davis said he was excited by the proposed legislation. "The Greens took a bold election commitment to the last election to minimise the harm that drugs cause in our community," he said. "I am very excited and keen to work through this legislation with my progressive Legislation Assembly colleagues to get the best outcome for Canberrans." Chief Minister Andrew Barr said he personally supported drug decriminalisation. "This is an important public policy debate," she said. "I'm pleased Mr Pettersson has put this on the legislative agenda for 2021. "I personally support the policy direction of the proposed reform but will want to look at this bill closely next year. "The process from here will most likely see a Legislative Assembly Committee conduct an examination of the policy issues and the proposed legislation." Mr Barr said cabinet would consider the bill and any proposed amendments multiple times throughout out next year. "It may then come before the Legislative Assembly for a vote towards the end of 2021," he said. Barrister and former president of the ACT Bar Association Steven Whybrow welcome the proposed legislation, saying similar proposals overseas had not "opened the flood gates" to more drugs use. "People who are dealers and manufacturers of drugs are not going to benefit from this," he said "Delivering people who are using drugs into health and education intervention programs is in my view going to be a more productive and positive approach to the problem of illicit drugs than sending them through the courts. "People would still need to understand it's not becoming legal to use these drugs but it's being moved into a lower category of criminal offending like a traffic infringement notice." An ACT Policing spokeswoman said the force would need to consider the bill in detail before forming a view on it. "ACT Policing is committed to harm minimisation initiatives, and has always actively engaged with government and other stakeholders on strategies and legislative change," she said. "Any decision on these matters ultimately is a matter for government and the ACT Legislative Assembly. "Our message first and foremost is not to take illicit substances at all. "ACT Policing actively works to detect, disrupt and prosecute those who supply and profit from the illicit drug market."
  4. Slocombe

    VW4Life

    Coincidentally, I've been looking at both electric vans and van conversions. Unfortunately I'm a bit tight so I won't be purchasing the dream electric VW anytime soon. https://electrek.co/2020/03/23/vw-and-eclassics-unveils-e-bulli-converted-electric-van-available-for-69500/
  5. Ez test are handy, but the colour charts they supply with the kits are somewhat limited (probably perfect for their target audience). The chart I've attached here is more expansive, and can be used with Ez tests (pretty sure the kits themselves identify the correct test names, which is essential information if you use this chart).
  6. Slocombe

    Post your track of the day

    Came across these guys today, even though they have been around for a few years. I think they're great.
  7. Slocombe

    Canberrans where you at?

    Lol. No maps directly to where to look in the Brindabellas then? Big hint there but not exactlyaa secret. I'm personally going to have very toned thighs by the end of the season if I don't get any guidance.
  8. Slocombe

    The poor Victorian.

    I've seen Victorians posting up photos of some epic patches. Edit: in other forums / groups.
  9. +1 for The Proposition, especially if you enjoy films with their own soundtracks. Also, you mentioned Peter Weir but no one has mentioned Picnic at Hanging Rock (another film with great music). My favourite scene....
  10. Slocombe

    Happy COVID Party 2020

    I'm shitting bricks.
  11. Slocombe

    Home brew.

    Two tips: 1. Over a decade ago, I made a single long neck of my own "champagne" from supermarket grapes. Never again - the entire contents exited the bottle on opening, so don't do that. 2. Everyone needs to play Russian Roulette at least once in their life. When bottling your home brew, cut up a superhot and put it one or two of the bottles (make sure you can't tell which one). This game is best played with friends and housemates.
  12. Is the facebook group taking up the mods time/distracting from this forum? I recognise it takes alot of work to keep a forum like this going, but it'd be a shame to see it wither away, (or worse) or be pulled offline altogether. There's so much good information here I'd hate to see that happen. Plus, the forum offers a level of pseudoanonymity that just isn't available on facebook.
  13. Sounds like a useful last resort. In most cases it's probably better to ride it out no matter how difficult, but there are other cases where it is better to stop the ride.
  14. I'm sure this movie doesn't quite fit with the rest, but 'gone girl' left me traumatised.
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