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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 Will Hodgman and Leader of the Opposition Rebecca White and demand they support pill testing.

Sign the petition on Pill Testing (closes Thursday, 14 May 2020 - 11:00pm).

 

In Parliament and the Media

Media Release

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

ANU Review Demands Action on Pill Testing

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The ANU review found the pill testing service at Groovin’ the Moo did not encourage the use of drugs. Instead, the young people who used the service were more likely to avoid taking illicit drugs.



Speech

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Pill Testing this Summer

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Full Debate on the Greens' Matter of Public Importance on ensuring that pill testing can occur at festivals this summer.



Media Release

Friday, 15 November 2019

Party In The Paddock to Champion Pill Testing

Rosalie Woodruff MP - We are proud to be the sponsor of Party In The Paddock’s Parliamentary petition calling for pill testing to be trialled in Tasmania. This is critically important in the lead-up to the summer festival season.



Media Release

Friday, 8 November 2019

NSW Coroner Recommends Immediate Action on Pill Testing

Rosalie Woodruff MP - New South Wales deputy state coroner, Harriet Grahame, has examined the tragic deaths at music festivals, and today passed down her straightforward and compassionate findings. 



Speech

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Poisons Amendment Bill 2019 - Second Reading

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff details concerns surrounding the banning of the sale of ice pipes in a Second Reading contribution to the Poisons Amendment Bill 2019.



Media Release

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Labor Back Liberals in the Failed 'War on Drugs'

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The Liberals’ ban on the sale of ice pipes passed through the House of Assembly this afternoon with the support of the Labor Party. The passage of this legislation effectively undermines Australia’s decades-long, harm reduction drug policies.



Speech

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Liberal Motion - Labor Party Plans for Future

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff speaks to the Liberals' 'Labor Party Plans for Future' Motion, discussing them walking away from progressive reforms like pill testing, voluntary assisted dying, increasing the size of parliament and a Human Rights Act.



Media Release

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Labor Leadership Failure

Cassy O'Connor MP - In a time of climate emergency and growing social inequality, political parties need to work together to advance the public interest. Instead, Labor Leader, Rebecca White, is playing silly political games while the planet burns.



Media Release

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Labor Backflip on Protecting Young Lives

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The Labor Party’s decision to oppose Independent MLC, Ruth Forrest’s pill testing Motion makes it clear they’ve abandoned their party platform.



Media Release

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Courtney in Pill Testing Spotlight

Cassy O'Connor MP - Hobart City Council’s vote in support of pill testing puts new Health Minister, Sarah Courtney, in the spotlight.



Speech

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Budget Reply Speech

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



Motion

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Want of confidence in Minister for Health, Mr Ferguson

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff speaks to a no confidence motion in the Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson, discussing failures in the health system and ideological opposition to policies such as surgical terminations in the public health system and pill testing.



Question

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Pill Testing at Public Events

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff questions the Minister for Health on pill testing following the ACT Health Minister's invitation to observe the ACT's second pill testing trial.



Speech

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

State of the State Address

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor delivers a State of the State address (Address in Reply speech) for 2019.



Media Release

Monday, 18 March 2019

Labor in 2019 Stands for Nothing

Cassy O'Connor MP - Tasmanians who voted Labor at the last election on the basis of their position of principle on pokies will be wondering what, if anything, State Labor stands for in 2019.



Speech

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Adjournment - Pill Testing

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff speaks on the adjournment on the Labor Party's position on pill testing.



Speech

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018 - Second Reading

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor delivers a Second Reading speech for the Greens' Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018 to establish a framework for the legal, professional testing of drugs.



Speech

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018 - Second Reading

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff delivers a Second Reading speech for the Greens' Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018 to establish a framework for the legal, professional testing of drugs.



Media Release

Monday, 26 November 2018

Fearful Labor Abandons Pill Testing Policy

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The Greens are disappointed Labor has put politics above keeping young people safe in their decision not to support the Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018.



Media Release

Friday, 22 September 2017

ACT Pill Testing Will Save Lives

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The ACT Government’s decision to allow free pill testing at the Spilt Milk festival will save lives. We congratulate the ACT for their courage and common sense.



Motion

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Mass Drug Overdose Demands Response - Pill Testing Saves Lives

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—


(1) Understands that 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.


(2) Notes with sadness the passing of Victorian footballer Riki Stephens, aged 27, who
was one of 16 people hospitalised on the Gold Coast after overdosing on a new drug,
N-BOMe, which toxicology results showed was a cocktail of 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine
and a synthetic version of LSD.



Question

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Pill Testing to Save Young Tasmanian Lives

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for POLICE, FIRE and EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, Mr HIDDING



Media Release

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Pill Testing Could Save Tasmanian Lives

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Police Minister, Rene Hidding, once again showed Tasmanians he would rather continue a failed "war on drugs" than reduce the risk of drug deaths among young people.



Motion

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Call for Government to Fund Pill Testing to Keep Our Youth Safe

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes the Tasmanian Greens’ Alternative Budget funds the purchase of five pill testing machines and provides for two FTEs to help keep festival goers safe.

(2)           Understands pill testing is a proven form of harm minimisation that provides feedback to users on the content of illegal drugs, allowing them to make informed and safe choices.

(3)           Further notes pill testing has many benefits with studies showing it:—



Question

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Hidding Won't Commit to Keeping Our Young People Safe

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Ms WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for POLICE, FIRE and EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, Mr HIDDING

[10.35]

The Greens' alternative budget funds staff and equipment to conduct pill testing at festivals and other events in Tasmania.  The evidence shows it will keep our young people safe from harmful drugs and it has the support of the Police Association.  Will you support this preventative health reform to keep our young people safe?

ANSWER



Motion

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Health a Priority Over Fictional Surplus

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes the Greens’ Alternative Budget makes a real investment in preventative health that will make a serious dent in the rate of chronic diseases, smoking and obesity in Tasmania.

(2)           Understands the Greens would invest $100M over four years into preventive health, because we understand this is an investment that pays for itself over the short, medium and long-terms.



Media Release

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Liberals' Blind Refusal to Protect Young People

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

The Police Minister, Rene Hidding, today refused out of hand to consider pill testing measures at festivals as a way of protecting young people from harm, despite support from the Police Association.

The Minister’s comment that pill testing would be "quality assurance for drug pushers" shows he fundamentally misunderstands safe drug policy. His ideology is at odds with good health policy, parents' concerns and the views of the Police Association.