Greens in new bid to halt drink spiking

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT -

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.”

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