Gladys Berejiklian has simply disillusioned 1000’s of NSW music pageant goers

The Premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian has simply disillusioned the NSW pageant scene after her press launch with reference to security at native music festivals.

After the 2 deaths at Defqon, Berejiklian proudly claimed that the favored music pageant would by no means happen in NSW once more (earlier than backflipping) and set about organising a panel of ‘specialists’ to do one thing about it.

Having staunchly denied the positives of tablet testing we had been ready with baited breath for, the panel outcomes are right here and it’s secure to say it’s fairly near what we anticipated.

The basic concepts we acquired from the convention was that there will probably be three new insurance policies transferring ahead;

NSW Gov:  Further drug schooling together with higher frontline coaching for well being professionals

Stoney Roads: This is sweet

NSW Gov: Improving the regulation of music festivals by introducing a brand new, particular and constant licensing regime to enhance security, and supply certainty for the music pageant trade and different stakeholders

Stoney Roads: This one appears a bit of suspect when you think about that the top of the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority Philip Crawford was a part of the choice and closely supported the NSW lockout legal guidelines. At the tip of the day music festivals are already held to strict licensing laws and do a STACK of issues to maintain you secure, try a listing of these measures right here.

NSW Gov: New legal guidelines to focus on drug suppliers that may maintain sellers liable for deaths they trigger, and trialling on-the-spot fines for drug possession at music festivals.

Stoney Roads: This one looks as if a little bit of a knee jerk in our opinion. On the spot fines of $400 – $500 might assist cut back litter in courts (if that’s what is being prompt), however we’d suspect it will simply inversely have an effect on the consumer who could/could not be capable of pay the superb and find yourself carrying the debt owed to the state authorities.

We’d additionally wish to see the stats on what number of instances the supplier is introduced into the equation after somebody dies from a drug overdose as effectively. Also think about in case you gave a pal one thing and so they ended up dying, you possibly can theoretically be up for a 10 to 25 yr sentence.

“The Attorney-General and the police drive will probably be working collectively … we envisage it is going to be anyplace between grievous bodily hurt, which is 10 years [maximum in prison], and manslaughter, which is 25 years [maximum in prison], so someplace in that vary,” Ms Berejiklian mentioned in line with The Sydney Morning Herald, including  “We wish to ship a really sturdy message that in case you knowingly provide somebody, even with out data … and that particular person dies, you must be held accountable.”.

Sidenote the present quantity you’d must be deemed in possession of a ‘traffic-able’ quantity is three grams of ecstasy in line with Armstrong Legal, so you possibly can theoretically be charged by having round three drugs on you.

Things that they’ve dominated out embrace tablet testing which was successfully used at this years Groovin the Moo pageant during which harmful substances had been recognized and has been successfully used around the globe at music occasions and festivals for many years:

    • Pill testing! Here we go once more, the NSW Police Commissioner has mentioned that the concept that tablet testing will save lives “is a fantasy”

In quick, does this actually handle how and why individuals take medicine within the first place or simply extra punitive measures to discourage drug use that hasn’t been very efficient for the final 50+ years globally?

So that’s the spherical up with reference to the way forward for music festivals in NSW, you’ll be able to learn extra about it by following #NSWpol the place journalists had been dwell tweeting, and browse the official media launch right here.