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New South Wales Introduces Fining Scheme for All Prohibited Drugs

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The Minns government launched the Early Drug Diversion Initiative (EDDI) on 29 February 2024 with little fanfare, which is a shame because it does mark a long-pushed-for improvement on the zero-tolerance law enforcement approach to personal drug possession that had...

NSW and Victorian Labor Continue to Stall on Pill Testing, Despite Yet Another Death

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Shortly after being airlifted to Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital, 23-year-old Antony Maugeri died of a suspected drug overdose last weekend, after having attended the Pitch Arts and Music Festival in southwestern Victoria. The death is a reminder that the last time...

Criminal Charges Against Cannabis Campaigners Dropped, Despite Police Attempts to Convict

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Cannabis legalisation campaign Who Are We Hurting activists, Alec Zammit and Will Stolk projected dancing cannabis leaves onto the Sydney Opera House at 4.20 am on 20 April 2022, as a cheeky stunt, much like others they’ve conducted in the past,...

Dozens of Festival Deaths “Potentially Preventable” With Pill Testing, Study Finds  

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A just released research paper inquiring into the circumstances of drug-related deaths at music festivals in this country, has found that 64 such fatalities transpired at events across Australia over the period from July 2000 until the end of 2019. Produced...

Melbourne Mass Drug Overdose Provides the “Mandate” to Rollout Pill Testing

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Eight festivalgoers were in critical condition following a mass overdose incident at Melbourne’s Hardmission Festival last Saturday night. And so widespread was the negative impact upon those who’d taken the same bad batch of pills that event medics had to...

Premier Minns, All NSW Wants for Christmas Is Drug Decriminalisation

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The transition from 11 years of Liberal Nationals governance in NSW to that of a Labor government, following the March state election, has all been smooth sailing, as the new administration hasn’t attempted to rock the boat in any way...

Despite Pill Testing Bill, Minns Condemns Festivalgoers to a Summer of Drugtaking Blind

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NSW Greens MLC Cate Faehrmann introduced pill testing legislation into state parliament last week, in an effort to save the lives of people who die regularly in drug-related circumstances, because while drugs like MDMA are illegal, they’re available on the black...

Your Rights at Music Festivals in New South Wales

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Music festival season is upon us, and with it, you can rest assured there’ll be plenty of police officers and sniffer dogs targeting patrons who are in possession of prohibited drugs. So it’s perhaps timely to know about your legal rights...

Sydney’s Veteran Drug Law Reformists Call for Decriminalisation of Drug Possession

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Sydney has a well-established and well-oiled drug law reform/harm reduction community made up of a group of experts, many with lived experience, who, despite the unwillingness of politicians to see the light, have long been pointing to its direction at...

Defending Drug Charges: Putting the Prosecution to Proof and Raising Available Defences

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If you have been charged with a drug offence, it is vital to be aware that each of these offences contains several ‘essential elements’ (or ingredients) which the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt – the prosecution will fail if...
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