Newly minted NSW Labor MLC Rose Jackson (daughter of former ABC journalist Liz Jackson 1951 – 2018), has used her maiden speech to call for marijuana to be legalised.
She told parliament on June 5, ‘You cannot believe alcohol and cigarettes can be legal and not marijuana’.
‘There is no evidence to suggest that it is more dangerous or addictive than these other substances’.
She also called for the legalisation of abortion, which is illegal in NSW under the NSW Crimes Act 1900, sections 82, 83, 84.
And just last week, she had support from parliament to put on record its concern about ‘the practice of intimidating and harassing journalists and, indeed, our staunch and unwavering commitment to freedom’.
She said, ‘The laws under which the raids were authorised [on the ABC and a Newscorp journalist] were designed to combat terrorism and serious cybercrime such as online paedophile networks and major international hacking operations’.
‘The use of those laws to prosecute whistleblowers and target Australian journalists is a major departure from their intended and proper use and raises questions about whether the laws are in fact appropriate in a modern liberal democratic nation like Australia’.
The ABC has launched legal proceedings over the raid, as reported Monday.