The Premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian has simply upset the NSW pageant scene after her press launch with regard 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 protected to say it’s fairly near what we anticipated.
The normal concepts we obtained from the convention was that there will probably be three new insurance policies shifting ahead;
NSW Gov: Further drug training together with higher frontline coaching for well being professionals
Stoney Roads: This is nice
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 slightly suspect when you think about that the pinnacle of the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority Philip Crawford was a part of the choice and closely supported the NSW lockout legal guidelines. At the top of the day music festivals are already held to strict licensing rules and do a STACK of issues to maintain you protected, try a listing of these measures right here.
NSW Gov: New legal guidelines to focus on drug suppliers that may maintain sellers chargeable 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 may assist cut back muddle in courts (if that’s what is being steered), however we’d suspect this may simply inversely have an effect on the person who might/might not be capable to pay the positive and find yourself carrying the debt owed to the state authorities.
We’d additionally prefer to see the stats on what number of instances the vendor is introduced into the equation after somebody dies from a drug overdose as effectively. Also think about if you happen to gave a buddy one thing and so they ended up dying, you might theoretically be up for a 10 to 25 12 months sentence.
“The Attorney-General and the police pressure 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 stated based on The Sydney Morning Herald, including “We need to ship a really robust message that if you happen to knowingly provide somebody, even with out information … and that individual dies, it’s a must to be held accountable.”.
Sidenote the present quantity you’d have to be deemed in possession of a ‘traffic-able’ quantity is three grams of ecstasy based on Armstrong Legal, so you might theoretically be charged by having round three capsules on you.
Things that they’ve dominated out embody tablet testing which was successfully used at this years Groovin the Moo pageant during which harmful substances have 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 stated that the concept that tablet testing will save lives “is a delusion”
In brief, does this actually tackle how and why individuals take medication 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 regard to the way forward for music festivals in NSW, you may learn extra about it by following #NSWpol the place journalists have been dwell tweeting, and skim the official media launch right here.
Update: try the complete report right here, contains an attention-grabbing tid-bit that the dataset was pulled from festivals held on land managed by the Office of Environment and Heritage, not all festivals held in NSW, so about 22 festivals in whole.
Crunching the numbers the info appears just like the beneath;
- Attendance was 208,977 with 2,119 shows to on-site medical providers, so simply 1% of whole attendance
- Attendance was 208,977 with 71 drug and alcohol associated shows to on-site medical providers, so simply zero.03% of whole attendance
- Attendance was 208,977 with 29 ambulance transfers, so simply zero.013% of whole attendance
- Attendance was 208,977 with eight drug associated ambulance transfers, so simply zero.038% of whole attendance
See the doc beneath;