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So far Tim Read has created 8 blog entries.

Make the Victorian Budget a climate budget

Yesterday should have been the day the Victorian Budget was handed down. Instead, it was postponed at the last moment until the 27th of May. Whatever the state government’s reasons for this delay, we think [...]

By |2019-05-01T06:19:01+00:00May 1st, 2019|

2nd pill testing trial a huge success.

Yesterday Groovin the Moo festival in Canberra hosted the second trial of pill testing in Australia. Like the first, it’s being hailed a huge success(1). Seven people dumped pills containing a potentially deadly substance. More [...]

By |2019-04-29T05:52:00+00:00April 29th, 2019|

A win for recycling but it’s not all good news.

Its been another fascinating week in parliament. We had a victory on Wednesday with the legislative council narrowly voting in support of our plan for a parliamentary enquiry into Victoria’s waste crisis.  The government has [...]

By |2019-03-09T01:44:59+00:00March 8th, 2019|

What an incredible week

What an incredible week. After my first speech I was feeling a bit more comfortable around parliament and for a while even managed to find my way around the underground halls without getting (too) lost. [...]

By |2019-02-25T22:25:34+00:00February 25th, 2019|

8 Things about my first speech.

I recently gave my first speech to Victoria's 59th Parliament. I had a rough draft in my laptop but after some advice last week, decided on a major rewrite. The next day, I heard I had [...]

By |2019-02-08T11:28:45+00:00February 8th, 2019|

Pressure builds on pill testing

“You can’t treat people for drug overdoses when they are dead” (Ambulance Employees Australia general secretary Danny Hill: The Age, Jan 29th, 2019).  As a doctor, I couldn’t agree more. [Image: Hanging out at the [...]

By |2019-02-01T00:47:34+00:00January 31st, 2019|

Pill testing saves lives!

Pill testing saves lives It is clear that the so-called “war on drugs” is not working. Over the past 100 years since it has been government policy, drug use and drug deaths have not decreased. [...]

By |2018-11-07T05:36:44+00:00November 5th, 2018|

How do we keep Brunswick liveable?

Lygon Street in East Brunswick, where I live, is unrecognisable from a decade ago. Over that time, at least a dozen new apartment blocks have sprouted four to ten storeys above the clothing factories they [...]

By |2018-10-27T03:20:15+00:00October 24th, 2018|