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NSW Coroner Recommends Immediate Action on Pill Testing

8 Nov 2019

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

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. 

Deputy Coroner Grahame is clear – pill testing at festivals must happen immediately.

She also found that high-visibility police presence and sniffer dogs do not increase festival attendees’ safety, but instead puts them at greater risk.

Pill testing and education saves lives – it’s that simple.

The Hodgman Government must listen and move to allow pill testing trials to take place this summer at Tasmanian festivals. As those responsible for the overarching health of the community, they must act now.

No young Tasmanian should have to suffer the same tragic fate as those in New South Wales before our government takes action.

The Liberals cannot ignore the New South Wales Coroner’s findings, and the actions needed to keep young festival-goers safe.

If the Hodgman Government refuses to act on these recommendations, immediately, they are knowingly putting people’s lives at risk.