Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Anderton thanks Health Committee for work on bill

Monday 23 2005 Media release

Anderton thanks Health Committee for good work on Misuse of Drugs Bill

Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton today expressed his appreciation for the hard work of Parliament's multi-party Health select committee after it reported his Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill (No 3) back to Parliament.

"This Bill, with Parliament's support, will amend the presumption of supply quantity for methamphetamine, it will create new offences for the importing and exporting of dangerous precursor substances and it will also create powers of search and seizure without warrant for precursor substances. With Parliament's support, we will also soon have the legal power to regulate BZP and similar substances by a new restricted substances amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act," Jim Anderton said.

"After listening to the public's submissions, and reading newspaper reports like the front page story in today's Christchurch Press, I am confident that every Member of Parliament now agrees that substances like BZP require regulation. At the very least, the public deserve to know that party pills such as BZP won't be sold to minors and that the manufacture, sale and marketing of BZP will in the future be done within guidelines containing information on the substance and its potential risks," he said.

"The Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs, which last year recommended to me that age and sales conditions should be imposed on the sale of BZP, will continue to monitor research on the level of harm associated with BZP," the Progressive leader said.

"I note that the Health committee has, after much deliberation, knocked back my hope that substances like butane gas and aerosols be regulated under this legislation. It appears the committee, after its exhaustive work, has decided however that these substances are better regulated under existing legislation such as the Fair Trading and the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Acts.

"I will therefore be seeking that my ministerial colleagues, the Minister of Consumer Affairs and the Minister of Environment, direct their officials to start work immediately in order to investigate how best to regulate these products either by consumer safety standards, manufacturing methods, or any other legal means to better protect against their abuse, which has tragic consequences, for some young people," Jim Anderton said.

Jim Anderton will ask the Leader of the House to give priority to progressing the misuse of drugs legislation so Parliament can enact it before the general election.

ENDS

BACKGROUND: Misuse Of Drugs Amendment (No 3) Bill – Hon. Anderton's speech during the Second Reading on September 15, 2004 available at: http://www.progressive.org.nz/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1203

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

 
 

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election