Former NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard couldn't recall whether he had passed on the personal phone number of Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen.
Former NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard couldn't recall whether he had passed on the personal phone number of Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen.

Porn, drugs, toilets, mobile phones dominate parliament

DRUG dogs, pornography, secret phone calls and a celebration over equal opportunity toilets dominated New South Wales Parliament's first day back for the year.

Former NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard's memory was hazy when quizzed over a phone call with a witness to the car crash that sparked an ICAC investigation into Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen.

Mr Hazzard said he could not remember whether he passed on Ms Cunneen's personal mobile phone number and told the witness to call her.

"I don't recollect if I told her to ring Ms Cunneen. I don't think I would have, but it's possible," he said.

"I don't know. Does it matter?"

ICAC investigated Ms Cunneen for allegedly counselling her son's girlfriend, Sophia Tilley, to feign chest pains to delay a breath test after she crashed her car.

The investigation was cancelled when the High Court found ICAC lacked the authority to carry it out.

Premier Mike Baird refused to answer questions.

"If there is a concern you have, obviously there is an appropriate body that would investigate such things and that's where it should be left," he said.
 

WHAT'S THAT SMELL?

NSW Police Minister Troy Grant has rejected any changes to laws around sniffer dogs at festivals.

In fact, he called for more of them.

Mr Grant was scathing in his response to rookie Labor MP Jo Haylen's call for drug possession to be decriminalised and pill testing to be made available at festivals.

He said festival management had a duty of care to protect patrons from overdose, and should be forced into a "user-pays system to allow dogs to sweep the grounds for drugs, including those drugs stashed on-site before events".

"This government will not run a quality assurance regime using taxpayers' dollars to prop up drug dealers' businesses," he said.

"Pill testing is giving those using illegal drugs a very, very dangerous false sense of security before they're popping these pills in their mouth."
 

CALLS FOR INTERNET FILTER ON PORN

Liberal MP Damien Tudehope used his opening statement to call for a crack-down on children's access to internet porn.

Mr Tudehope attended a recent Porn Harms Kids symposium with child and mental health experts and learned 90% of boys aged 13 to 16, and 60% of girls, had been exposed to porn.

Another study found 80% of online scenes contained verbal or physical aggression towards women.

"The most popular content on the internet is content that aims to push boundaries and give the viewer something they perhaps have not seen before," Mr Tudehope said.

"It is certainly a far cry from the magazines of Hugh Heffner and Larry Flint that people of my generation would associate with mainstream pornography.

"It sends the message to young men in particular that women respond positively to aggressive or degrading behaviour, and that they like it."

Mr Tudehope said introducing sex education earlier in schools "would be a defeat rather than a victory".

"There is scope for the Federal Government to work in partnership with internet service providers who already have very robust measures in place to restrict the sale of alcohol online and prove that purchaser is of legal age," he said.

"Perhaps we ought to be doing something similar in relation to accessing pornography."


LOO COUP IS FINALLY FLUSHED

And parliament's "loo coup" has finally ended, with female MPs excited to have access to a decent bathroom from 7am on Wednesday.

The women of parliament last year armed themselves with hairdryers and straighteners and held a mini protest in the men's toilets against the lack of facilities.

While men had three showers on each level, women had only one.

Their existing facilities were also described as dingy, compared to the lavish opulence of the men's fortresses of solitude.

"I think it's a very important symbolic gesture to show that parliament is an inclusive workplace for both men and women," Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Shelley Hancock said. -APN NEWSDESK


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