Greens to reintroduce anti sniffer dog bill
Member for Newtown Jenny Leong wants an end to the use of drug detection dogs without a warrant on public transport at festivals and in bars.
The Greens MP will re-introduce the Greens’ 2015 Bill, The Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Amendment (Sniffer Dogs—Repeal of Powers) Bill 2015 to parliament today in hopes of repealing those parts of the Law Enforcement Powers and Responsibilities Act 2002 relating to the use of drug detection dogs.
Leong highlighted the inherent problems associated with sniffer dogs which often target non users, delivering false positive results.
"Given the growing public criticism of drug dogs and the support in the community for an end to ineffective and harmful approaches to drug policies - now is the perfect time for the reintroduction of this bill,” Leong said.
“The Greens will continue to stand up in Parliament and call for laws that respect our civil liberties. Statistics show that thousands of people are humiliated each year by false-positive readings by sniffer dogs that result in intrusive personal searches.”
Leong described the sniffer dog program as menacing and suggested had little to do with harm minimisation.
"Too many people are facing intimidation as a result of this failed program - the current NSW Government's law and order approach to drug detection is causing our young people to seriously suffer and in some cases die,” Leong said.
“We welcome the growing support from many in the community, including other MPs and hope they will deliver on their support by taking it up in their own parties and voting for our Bill.”
Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:
“Any other police program that was getting it wrong 75-80% of the time would be immediately scrapped, and that should be the case with drug dogs.
“The fact is that drug dogs are a PR exercise for the Baird government’s failing war on drugs.