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A major auctioneer and real estate giant is calling for drug testing of all homes for sale or rent amid concerns vulnerable Australians could be exposed to levels of methamphetamine.

A surge in the number of clandestine pharmacies in Queensland has prompted Ray White auctioneer Philip Parker to call for new laws to be introduced in state parliament to ensure standardized drug contamination testing is affordable and accessible to all.

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Ray White’s former chief auctioneer Phillip Parker says the presence of methamphetamine in Australian homes is a “major problem” and legislation should be introduced.

“Drug contamination is especially common in rental properties. What’s surprising is the cost of decontamination is $200,000,” Mr Parker told Sunrise on Tuesday.

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“In some houses, it is necessary to tear out the floor, ceiling, and walls. It’s a big deal for the owners.”

Auction king Philip Parker is warning landlords and tenants to drug test their properties.  Erle Levey / Sunshine Coast Daily
Camera iconAuction king Philip Parker is warning landlords and tenants to drug test their properties. Erle Levey / Sunshine Coast Daily Credit: Regional mass media
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Camera iconA Queensland property giant is calling for mandatory drug testing of properties for sale and rent amid concerns Australians are being exposed to methamphetamine. Distribution via NCA NewsWire Credit: NCA NewsWire

But Mr Parker warned it wasn’t just the “meth labs” that were worrying.

“It’s not just the meth labs that are causing the problem, it’s someone sitting in their house smoking a pipe who can use it,” Mr Parker said.

“It goes through a filter. It’s not just labs.

“My recommendation, or Ray White’s recommendation in particular … is that properties should be tested before a tenant moves in. They must be tested when the tenant vacates.

“When the house is put on the market, it’s tested, so the buyer knows they’re buying a completely uncontaminated home.”

The Queensland Police Service has reported a “significant increase” in the number of drug labs located across the state in 2023, with 67 drug labs identified and processed by Queensland Police.

“I strongly suspect that kids across the state are being exposed to meth. It’s only when something dramatic happens, like when we have a fatality, that we often get involved or become aware of it. Inspector Bradley Phelps of the Queensland Drug and Serious Crime Squad told the Courier Mail.

“These labs range in size from small private labs to very large commercial labs (but) we’ve seen a significant increase in the size and scale of labs located in 2023.”

Emily Sim, CEO of Ray White Property Management, wanted to ensure affordable contamination testing was implemented for all parties.

“Ray White wants to legislate this,” he said.

“Currently, there are cheap methods with high failure rates and expensive end-to-end methods to test.

“After the final positive outcome, we lack legislation on how best to support both parties.

“They’re both losing a lot of money out of pocket right now.”

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