ACT Government considering pill testing at music festivals

“This is the first time in Australia that this would take place”

The ACT Government is putting together a working group to consider pill testing at music festivals.

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The group will be led by ACT Health and will also involve police, the Justice and Community Safety Directorate and community stakeholders, health minister Meegan Fitzharris told Fairfax.

There is no deadline for when the decision to greenlight pill testing will be made. Fitzharris says the government is in no hurry to decide in time for Spilt Milk this December.

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“There are a range of regulatory, legislative and political issues that the government will take the time to consider, given this is the first time in Australia that this would take place,” she said.

“I think that if there is a pill testing trial at a festival there would also need to be other information available to people attending the festival, separate from the trial, about the harms associated with taking illicit drugs.”

While the ACT recently rejected a proposal for pill testing at Groovin The Moo, it has not yet ruled out concept… unlike governments in Vic, NSW or Qld.

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