Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recently postponed its decision on whether or not to change the law around alkyl nitrites (the active ingredient in ‘amyl’ or ‘poppers’). Currently, the TGA is conducting public consultations into the proposed amendments that could see amyl recategorised as a ‘prohibited substance’.
The legal consequence of this decision could see amyl fall into the same category as prohibited drugs like heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine, with serious penalties for their possession, use or supply. This issue has raised concerns within our communities where amyl is used during sex.
Submissions to the TGA
The deadline for written submissions to the TGA closed on 15 January 2019; however, a number of organisations expressed their concerns including:
Submissions to the Sex Work Decriminalisation Select Committee (South Australia) close on the 16th of October.
The purpose of the Bill is to amend various pieces of legislation to decriminalise sex work and extend protections to provide sex workers with the same rights and protections as other workers.
The Bill to decriminalise sex work in SA was read for a second time on Wednesday (9th September) in the Upper House.
The Bill has now been sent to a select committee of 7 politicians. This means that they meet to discuss the Bill and debate amendments to it.
The committee requires submissions from sex workers and organisations and community members to assist them in their decision making processes.
Submissions can be sent to: Leslie Guy, Secretary to the Committee, Legislative Council Select Committee on the Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill 2015 via email firstname.lastname@example.org