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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.

Read our Pill Testing petition or Sign the Petition Here ( closing date - Thursday, 14 May 2020 - 11:00pm )

 

 

In Parliament and the Media

Thursday, 14 November 2019
Full Debate on the Greens' Matter of Public Importance on ensuring that pill testing can occur at festivals this summer.
Friday, 15 November 2019
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.
Friday, 8 November 2019
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. 
Tuesday, 29 October 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.
Tuesday, 29 October 2019
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.
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
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.
Sunday, 1 September 2019
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.
Tuesday, 13 August 2019
The Labor Party’s decision to oppose Independent MLC, Ruth Forrest’s pill testing Motion makes it clear they’ve abandoned their party platform.
Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Hobart City Council’s vote in support of pill testing puts new Health Minister, Sarah Courtney, in the spotlight.
Wednesday, 29 May 2019
Cassy O'Connor delivers a budget reply speech for the 2019-20 state Budget, and speaks to alternative policies in the Greens' Alternative Budget.
Tuesday, 30 April 2019
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.
Tuesday, 30 April 2019
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.
Wednesday, 20 March 2019
Cassy O'Connor delivers a State of the State address (Address in Reply speech) for 2019.
Monday, 18 March 2019
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.
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Rosalie Woodruff speaks on the adjournment on the Labor Party's position on pill testing.
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
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.
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
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.
Monday, 26 November 2018
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.
Friday, 22 September 2017

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson

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.

Police Minister, Rene Hidding, has previously refused to consider pill testing at Tasmanian festivals. We should be taking a leaf from the ACT’s book as a way of protecting young people from harm.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

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.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

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

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Police spokesperson

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.

Last week, 12 young people were hospitalised and one died on the Gold Coast after consuming a drug they thought was ecstasy.  Queensland Police confirmed the synthetic drug cocktail they took was nothing like ecstasy.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

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:—

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

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

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

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.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

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.

Greens Bills

Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Drug Analysis) Bill 2018

Bill Status: Negatived

A Bill for an Act to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act 2001 to provide for the lawful delivery of drug analysis services.