Greens in new bid to halt drink spiking
GREENS leader Cassy O’Connor has written to Premier Will Hodgman calling for Government action on drink spiking.
Calls by the Greens for the introduction of drug-detecting wristbands, coasters or straws to help protect people from the effects of drink spiking have been rejected by the Tasmanian Hospitality Association.
Hobart woman Mandy Marmion alleged her drink was drugged when she was having pre-Christmas drinks at a Salamanca bar last month.
She had a few sips of her glass of wine and, five minutes later, she lost her vision and started to lose the ability to move her arms and legs. She later collapsed on the footpath, hitting her head.
Police investigated but were unable to verify an offence had taken place. Ms O’Connor said the Government should take action to promote safety in licensed venues.
“The incident in Salamanca Place before Christmas generated fear in many patrons, especially women, who already feel vulnerable,” she said.
“It is not reasonable or acceptable to ask women to take sole responsibility for preventing their drinks from being drugged.
“All women who go into a Tasmanian bar, pub or club should feel — and be — safe.”
A Government spokesman said Ms O’Connor’s letter had been received.
“Drink spiking is appalling behaviour,” he said. “People should have the right to go out and have an enjoyable time without the fear that their drinks are being tampered with. Drink spiking is a criminal act, and Tasmania Police take a firm approach to this kind of anti-social behaviour.”