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Drink Spiking Made An Offence In Crackdown On Predators
Spiking of drinks will become a
criminal offence after the State
Government endorsed a
proposal yesterday to crack down
on sexual predators.
The Government has also
given in-principle support to
increase the penalties for people
who carry ingredients used to
make amphetamines or ecstasy
in a bid to address the spread of
Health Minister Brownyn
Pike said that while laws already
existed to cover drink spiking,
they needed to be more specific
to ensure that people did not slip
through any loopholes.
Although current laws carry
penalties of up to 10 years, the
creation of a specific offence
could send a message consistent
with community attitudes," she
In addition to drink-spiking
changes, a recommendation to
look at new ways to tighten
access to pseudoephedrine from
pharmacies has also been
supported by the Government,
together with an idea to give
security guards more training
regarding the dangers of illicit
substances. But the Government
has ruled out a contentious
proposal to voluntarily test
party-goers for amphetamines,
arguing that people would be
unlikely to do the tests because
they would be exposed as illegal
It has also debunked proposals to randomly drug test
security guards or create a
mandatory framework to govern
dance and club venues. A push to
create a new child abuse-related
law protecting children exposed
to drug manufacturing was also
Marg D'arcy, program manager for the Centre for Sexual
Assault at the Royal Women's
Hospital welcomed the push to
make drink spiking an offence.
She said drink spiking was
becoming increasingly common,
particularly in summer when it
often accounted for about half
the centre's sexual assault cases.
Opposition health spokesman
David Davis said he also
supported the plan.
adopted and rejected by the
Government yesterday were
contained in a bipartisan Drugs
and Crime Prevention Committee report released in May.
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