Human Rights safeguards seeded under Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Bill (Jan 2010)

The Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Bill 2009 (Vic), currently before Victorian Parliament, proposes to introduce short-term involuntary detention and treatment for persons with severe substance dependence in circumstances where it is necessary as a matter of urgency to save a person’s life or prevent serious damage to a person’s health. The Human Rights Law Resource Centre has made a Submission to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee expressing concern that aspects of the Bill are incompatible with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic).

Download the HRLC submission here.