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Two deaths at Australian festivals New Year's Eve weekend reignite debate on tablet testing – EDM All Day

The current deaths of two younger adults who attended separate New Year’s Eve weekend music festivals have prompted the topic of tablet testing to regain relevancy in Australia. The deceased, a 20-year-old man who attended Beyond The Valley in Lardner, and a 22-year-old man who went to Lost Paradise in Glenworth Valley each died after taking what police known as an “unknown substance.”

The subject of tablet testing has been a very contentious one within the context of Australian governmental historical past. Headed by NSW premier and state liberal chief, Gladys Berejiklian, Australia’s authorities has been — and stays — opposed to tablet testing, beneath the presumption that tablet testing promotes drug use. “The authorities place is kind of clear on tablet testing,” NSW Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts, instructed reporters in Sydney following the current pageant deaths. “We oppose the usage of unlawful medication at these festivals,” Roberts mentioned.

The New Year’s Eve weekend deaths are usually not the primary incidents to spark a debate on tablet testing in Australia. Calls for presidency supported testing adopted two deaths by suspected overdoses at Defqon.1 in September 2018. Berejiklian established a “excessive stage knowledgeable panel” instantly after the Defqon.1 deaths, to additional educate pageant goers on security on the giant scale occasions. The panel, nonetheless, didn’t foment tablet testing.

Despite the “unknown substance” associated passing of the 2 younger males this previous NYE weekend, Australia presently continues to refuse tablet testing throughout the state, because the Victorian authorities has confirmed. “Advice from Victoria Police tells us it may give folks a false and probably deadly sense of safety about illicit medication,” a Victorian authorities spokesperson acknowledged. “If there was a means through which we might make sure that lives had been saved via tablet testing we’d contemplate it — however there is no such thing as a proof supplied to the federal government on that,” Berejiklian instructed reporters on January 2, corroborating the federal government spokesperson’s declare that the federal government had not modified its stance on tablet testing.

Figureheads of the Australian Festival Association (AFA) are anticipated to broach the topic of tablet testing within the weeks to return. The AFA was expressly established to make sure elevated pageant security for event-goers.

H/T: Billboard

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