8 Sep 2020

Govt new drug drive rules contain breaches of Bill of Rights

From First Up, 5:32 am on 8 September 2020

The Attorney-General has pointed out numerous breaches of the Bill of Rights in the Government's new drug driving legislation. The law allows the police to conduct random roadside drug testing similar to what is done for drink driving. A report by the Attorney-General David Parker says the legislation contravenes the right not to be subject to unreasonable search and seizure, the right not to be arbitrarily detained, and the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. The report also raises serious concerns that parts of the legislation are too vague. Lawyer Marie Taylor-Cyphers says she is disturbed by the Bill and wants the Government to pump the breaks.