Drug testing policy for Victorian MPs in spotlight following Canberra outburst


A drug testing policy for Victorian MPs is being questioned following a rage-filled outburst from a Victorian MP at a Canberra hotel.

Questions have been raised over drug testing for Victorian MPs, following a state MP's outburst in a Canberra hotel.

The drug testing policy proposal for Victorian MPs failed to get approval, after being rejected by parliament in 2014, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said.

He said a drug testing policy for MPs was put in place but didn't get agreement within the parliament.

"Our commitment was to send this off to a committee and to properly examine it in the hope that we could build a bipartisan consensus. Not just for parliament I might add, it was for magistrates and judges also," he told reporters.

The policy, however, failed to get the cross-party agreement, with presiding officers disagreeing to the procedure.

The hole in the door at Kingston's Adobe Hotel.
The hole in the door at Kingston's Adobe Hotel.
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The Burwood MP flew into a rage last week and smashed the lower half of a door at the Abode Hotel in an argument with staff about his luggage.

Will Fowles on Friday apologised for damaging the hotel door, admitting to having issues.

Will Fowles.
Will Fowles.

"I have, for a long time, been dealing with addiction and other mental health issues," he said in a statement.

Mr Fowles said the outburst occurred because he wasn't able to access medication inside his luggage.

"I will take a leave of absence to properly deal with my health issues," he said.

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