The farce we all anticipated with the review of the new Bail Act unfolded faithfully to expectations this week.
We had the absurdity of a former Labor Attorney General doing the incumbent’s job as Brad Hazzard struggled to get a word in at the Premier’s media conference.
John Hatzistergos spoke of his recommended changes “meeting the community’s expectations” – code for acquiescing to the hysterical, ill-informed whims of some media, including shock jocks who think they know it all.
Never mind the collective, objective wisdom of experts in the Law Reform Commission.
The ease with which politicians can neutralise the Commission’s authority makes one wonder whether this bureaucracy should exist at all. And Brad Hazzard would be feeling just as neutered.
DRUG TESTING TO EXPAND
The number of drug-related road fatalities has shot up to represent 11% of the total toll – and the Government is responding by expanding its network of mobile detection devices.
There are 12 mobile drug detection units used by police within the Sydney area – but this will increase to 36 within two years as the police “regionalise” their operations throughout the State.
If you accept what the Transport Workers Union argues, truckies are burning the midnight oil to maintain unreasonable deadlines imposed by the big supermarkets and they will be among the first targeted when random drug testing hits the highways.
The detection of cannabis, speed or ecstasy in your system can lead to a maximum penalty of a six-month disqualification and $1100 fine.
Driving “under the influence” of the same will expose you to a jail sentence.
SLOW IN THE SHIRE
Who said that the wheels of time don’t turn slowly within the legal system? All the clocks in Sutherland Court this week were running 15 minutes slow. Last time I checked the Shire was not half-way to Adelaide, but these clocks had everyone checking their watches and phones to check Australian Eastern Standard Time. As if the system’s not sluggish enough!
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