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

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday, 2 June 2016, 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:—

(a)           changes consumption choices, with participants indicating they wouldn’t consume the drug and would warn friends; and

(b)           provides a means of capturing data about the actual substances present in the drug scene, including providing an early warning system for authorities.

(4)           Recognises pill testing is being introduced around the world, including by the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, France and now the United States.

(5)           Acknowledges pill testing is supported by doctors, the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Councils of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Police Association.

(6)           Further understands doctors are intending to roll out privately funded pill testing at NSW music festivals in order to save young lives, despite the opposition of the State Liberal Government.

(7)           Calls on the Minister for Police and Emergency Management, Hon Rene Hidding MP, to forgo his outdated ‘war on drugs’ mentality in favour of saving young lives, and to support the introduction of pill testing at our festivals.