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Pill testing saves lives. Tasmanians deserve to be safe at festivals, and pill testing services can help stop avoidable harm or death from drug use.

Currently the Liberals won't allow pill testing services to operate at festivals. Pill testing trials in other jurisdictions have shown positive results, and health experts are calling for Tasmania to allow pill testing.

Tasmania needs to allow providers to deliver pill testing services without threat of legal sanction.


What Can I Do?

The Greens' Bill for a framework for pill testing was voted against by the Liberal and Labor parties. Both parties have publicly spoken against pill testing.

You can write to the Premier Peter Gutwein and Leader of the Opposition Rebecca White and demand they support pill testing.


In Parliament and the Media


Police, Fire and Emergency Management – Pill Testing

The death of six young people aged 18 to 23 across two summers in New South Wales prompted a substantial coronial inquiry in New South Wales.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Estimates  |  Thursday, 26 November 2020


AIHW Report Confirms War on Drugs Has Failed

Latest AIHW data shows that the amount of Tasmanians who recently used cannabis was almost as high as Tasmania’s tobacco smoking rate.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 16 July 2020


Liberals Still Holding Back Pill Testing

Festivals want to make sure they provide the safest possible environment to their patrons, but the Liberal Party is standing in their way.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 6 February 2020


ANU Review Demands Action on Pill Testing

The ANU review found the pill testing service at Groovin’ the Moo did not encourage the use of drugs.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 10 December 2019


Pill Testing this Summer

Full Debate on the Greens' Matter of Public Importance on ensuring that pill testing can occur at festivals this summer.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 14 November 2019


Party In The Paddock to Champion Pill Testing

We are proud to be the sponsor of Party In The Paddock’s Parliamentary petition calling for pill testing to be trialled in Tasmania.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 15 November 2019


NSW Coroner Recommends Immediate Action on Pill Testing

The New South Wales deputy state coroner has examined the tragic deaths at music festivals and today passed down her findings. 
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 8 November 2019


Poisons Amendment Bill 2019

Rosalie Woodruff details concerns surrounding the banning of the sale of ice pipes in a Second Reading contribution to the Poisons Amendment Bill 2019.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Legislation  |  Tuesday, 29 October 2019


Labor Back Liberals in the Failed 'War on Drugs'

The Liberals’ ban on the sale of ice pipes passed through the House of Assembly this afternoon with the support of the Labor Party.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 29 October 2019


Labor Party Plans for Future

This is a highly political and silly motion in the way it is drafted.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 11 September 2019


Labor Leadership Failure

In a time of climate emergency and growing social inequality, political parties need to work together to advance the public interest.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 1 September 2019


Labor Backflip on Protecting Young Lives

The Labor Party’s decision to oppose Independent MLC, Ruth Forrest’s pill testing Motion makes it clear they’ve abandoned their party platform.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 13 August 2019


Courtney in Pill Testing Spotlight

Hobart City Council’s vote in support of pill testing puts new Health Minister, Sarah Courtney, in the spotlight.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Green Economics

Budget Reply Speech

Cassy O'Connor delivers a budget reply speech for the 2019-20 state Budget, and speaks to alternative policies in the Greens' Alternative Budget.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Parliament House, Tasmania

Want of confidence in Minister for Health, Mr Ferguson

The evidence of the past five years has persuaded me that this minister is not able to appreciate and to act in consultation with his hard-working staff.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Tuesday, 30 April 2019


Pill Testing at Public Events

The ACT health minister invited Minister Ferguson to the Groovin the Moo Festival to observe their second pill-testing trial in operation.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 30 April 2019


State of the State Address

Cassy O'Connor delivers a State of the State address (Address in Reply speech) for 2019.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 20 March 2019


Labor in 2019 Stands for Nothing

Tasmanians who voted Labor at the last election on the basis of their position on pokies will be wondering what State Labor stands for in 2019.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 18 March 2019


Pill Testing

Rosalie Woodruff speaks on the adjournment on the Labor Party's position on pill testing.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 28 November 2018


Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018

The Falls Festival starts on 28 December this year and there will be no safe pill testing regime in place.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Legislation  |  Wednesday, 28 November 2018


Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018

This bill amends the Misuse of Drugs Act 2001 by inserting a new Part 4A to establish a legal framework for lawful drug analysis pill testing.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Legislation  |  Wednesday, 28 November 2018


Fearful Labor Abandons Pill Testing Policy

Labor has put politics above keeping young people safe in their decision not to support the Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 26 November 2018


ACT Pill Testing Will Save Lives

The ACT Government’s decision to allow free pill testing at the Spilt Milk festival will save lives.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 22 September 2017


Mass Drug Overdose Demands Response - Pill Testing Saves Liv...

On 22 and 23 October 2016, Australia experienced its worst mass drug overdose in decades with doctors expecting it will happen again in the next few months.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 26 October 2016


Pill Testing to Save Young Tasmanian Lives

Last week 12 young people were hospitalised on the Gold Coast after consuming a drug they thought was ecstasy. Twenty-seven-year-old Ricky Stevens later died.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 25 October 2016


Pill Testing Could Save Tasmanian Lives

Police Minister, Rene Hidding, once again showed Tasmanians he would rather continue a failed "war on drugs" than reduce the risk of drug deaths.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 25 October 2016


Hidding Won't Commit to Keeping Our Young People Safe

The evidence shows pill testing will keep our young people safe from harmful drugs and it has the support of the Police Association.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 1 June 2016